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Stink Bug Inspection Guide

Learn Where Stink Bugs Hide & How to Find Them

By DoMyOwn staff

When & Where to Look

Stinkbugs are fairly large for an insect so they are pretty easy to spot. Stink bugs become most noticeable in late summer through fall as the insects try to find a warm place to spend the winter.

Where Do Stink Bugs Hide Inside the Home?

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Once stinkbugs make their way into a home they will seek out dark, undisturbed areas to take shelter through the winter. Once they find these hiding places, stink bugs are less likely to be seen during the colder months, though they may show themselves when a home is heated during cold weather. You are most likely to spot stink bugs from late summer into the fall as they search for the ideal place to spend the winter.

Stink bugs can often be found in these areas around the home:

  • In cracks and crevices throughout the house
  • Wall voids
  • Attics and in false ceilings
  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Inside hollow curtain rods
  • In fabrics that are not frequently moved (curtains, bedding in guest rooms, etc.)

As temperatures warm in the springtime, stinkbugs will begin to emerge from hiding and may be spotted flying towards lights or gathering around windows to try and get outside. They may also be sighted in these areas:

  • Around doors
  • Around windows
  • Near light fixtures

Where Are Stink Bugs Found Outside of the Home?

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Stink bugs are likely to approach a home seeking shelter during the fall as temperatures begin to drop. Look for stink bugs in these areas outdoors:

  • On the sunniest side or north-facing side of the house
  • Around or on doors
  • Around windows
  • Around vents and eaves
  • Near bushes
  • In outdoor sheds

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