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The brown marmorated stink bug is an invasive species that originated in eastern Asia. Stink bugs are most prevalent in the mid-Atlantic region but have spread to 44 states and the District of Columbia.

The stink bug gets its name from the odor it produces when disturbed or crushed. This is believed to be a defense mechanism to protect the stink bug from predators.

Stink bugs make their presence known in the fall and can find their way into your home in large numbers. There are several actions you can take to rid your home of these pests.

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1. Seal Gaps Around Your Home

Stink bugs, like many other pests, can easily fit through small gaps in your home's exterior. For this reason, it is important to examine the exterior of your home and identify any holes or gaps that may allow stink bugs to gain entry to your home. A stink bug can fit through any hole larger than the diameter of a pencil. Also, caulk around windows and repair cracks and holes within the home to keep stink bugs out.

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