There is no sure way to keep stinky insects at home every winter, but Virginia Tech researchers might have an idea.
The VT researchers conducted two studies with the purpose of preventing insects from infiltrating your home as temperatures cool.
The first study found that slits and gaps in your home that are three millimeters wide and holes less than seven millimeters can keep most of the marbled bed bugs out of your home. This kind of insect is called Halyomorpha halys.
You must seal holes of more than three to seven millimeters and eliminate any stinky bedbugs that may attract other bedbugs.
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According to an entomology professor, bed bugs are not only a nuisance to homeowners, but they are a potential threat to farmers. In the winter, they will hide in their home by slipping through small cracks and openings, but once spring and summer arrive, they begin to feed on fruit and vegetable crops.
Marmolada bed bug (Halyomorpha halys) in green leaves (Ita: Asian cimice; Deu: Marmorierte Baumwanze; Fra: Punaise diabolique: Spa: Bernat marbrejat)
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Most farmers work to control the influx of bed bugs by using insecticide treatments on the crops they feed on.
In another study, instructor Benjamin Chambers discovered that recently eliminated smelly insects will deter other smelly insects. However, the opposite happens if they were killed at some point in the past. Errors will be added around it.
You can read more about the studies. here. You can also learn how to make a homemade bed bug trap here.