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Stink bugs moving indoors for winter
CINCINNATI (Scott Dimmich) -- The snow and cold have many people trying to get stink bugs out of their homes this winter.
"They are a natural organism, so they gravitate towards warmth. Any organism would," Kurt Scherzinger said.
With one of the coldest winters on record in progress, stink bugs moved like stink into tri-state homes.
"Unlike normal when they have been able to survive on their own, under the bark of trees or something like that. This year they'll have to migrate into structures in larger numbers in order to survive through the winter," Scherzinger tells us.
Stink bugs will get in and out of your home through places like a dryer vent. As warm and more moisture-laden air moves in this spring, they'll try to come out of your home, even if you haven't noticed them thus far this season.
Scherzinger advises, "The biggest thing that homeowners can do on their own for stink bugs is any little area where say electric lines come into their house around their eaves or their light posts, try to seal those up as best as possible."
While the cold helps bring bugs inside, snow insulates the ground and helps to prevent a hard freeze, keeping more bugs alive.
"We actually find that years after lots of snow that stays around for a period of time that less insects actually die off because of that," Scherzinger said.
As for this year, a slow return to spring with no late season frost will mean big business for Scherzinger, "More of a gradual warm-up to warm and where it stays warm; that's sort of the perfect storm for insects per-se."
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