PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s the hottest thing in pest control right now, and some store owners said they’re having a hard time keeping them in stock.
Now, a Washington state company is shipping out the first batch of commercial stink bug traps.
They may be lying low these days, but our least favorite smelly pests are just preparing for their attack.
“Each female is laying about 400 eggs a few times a year. So your trees, while you don’t see it, are probably infested or filled with stinkbugs,” Andy Amrhein from Evey True Value said.
That’s why the Rescue Stink Bug Trap has become the pest-killing equivalent of the iPad 2.
The contraption hit the shelves just a few days ago. It claims to be the first commercial stink bug solution.
However, the catch is stopping them outside, before they find a way into your home.
“Hanging the traps in the trees, all of the baby stink bugs that can’t fly yet are going to be able to walk down the trunk of the tree and into the trap. And, once they’re in the trap, they dehydrate and they’re dead in a day,” Amrhein said.
While homemade solutions have been bouncing around, it’s not a quick fix and the luxury of being stink bug free comes at a price.
The starter kit will cost you about $19.99. The attractant inside will last about two weeks. After that, the refills will last about seven weeks at $10 a pop.
However, it is a small price to pay for a solution people have been waiting a long time for.
“They work. They actually work very, very well. But right now, to have it work best, you have to have it hung in a tree with parts of the tree and trunk because the babies are what we want to get before they get into a house. So, hang it in a tree and you’re going to be very, very happy with it,” Amrhein said.