Winter is knocking on the door, and while you're preparing for cold weather and the holiday season, dealing with bugs – especially stink bugs – probably isn't on your to-do list.
As temperatures drop, the unwelcome guests may try to enter your home, according to Fox News Oregon. Many bugs try to seek shelter from wet weather and infestations can become a problem for some homeowners. Stink bugs are cleverly named after the unpleasant odor they emit when scared, disturbed or crushed.
Homeowners in Oregon are reporting noticing the bug and its smell, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture told Fox News that the stink bug population is spreading throughout the state.
The Pacific Northwest isn't the only area reporting a stink bug presence. According to Lexington, Kentucky's The Lane Report, University of Kentucky entomologists are receiving calls from homeowners about the bug. The news source revealed that 13 state counties have reported a stink bug presence thus far.
The pests aren't only hitting a few areas of the country. USA Today reported that stink bug problems were recorded in 38 states in early October. The critters migrate indoors in the fall and hibernate throughout the winter, which makes cozy homes a favorable place for them to snooze as outdoor temperatures drop. While they can be annoying, stink bugs are not harmful. However, a large population can become a problem and it's best to hire a pest control professional to deal with the smelly bug.