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Stink bugs look for a way inside before winter hits

By The Associated Press Published: October 14, 2016 11:10 AM

Bucyrus — Ohio homeowners could be out of luck if stink bugs make their way inside before the cold weather hits, according to experts.

People generally don’t see too many of the brownish-gray bugs until late autumn, and there won’t be many outside by the time the first freeze of the year hits, the Mansfield News Journal reports.

Homeowners will have a tough time getting rid of the bugs if they make their way indoors, pest control experts say.

One good defense against the bugs is to keep them from entering the home in the first place. Homeowners should make sure all doors, windows and roof lines are sealed tightly, said Tammi Rogers, the agriculture and natural resources program assistant with the Ohio State University Extension Office in Coshocton County.

A new version of the bug was accidentally introduced from Asia in the 1990s and reached Ohio in the early 2000s. The non-native species doesn’t have natural predators, allowing its numbers to grow exponentially, Rogers said.

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