Bedbugs are starting to infiltrate Illinois homes. Here’s How To Get Rid Of It Properly – NBC Chicago
Bedbugs have already started to infiltrate the homes of Illinois residents and will likely continue until late fall, according to area nature experts.
So how do you dispose of them properly without letting out a foul odor?
Illinois’ new brown marbled bugs only emit a putrid smell when threatened, according to Kelly Allsup, a horticultural teacher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The insects typically arrive in the northeastern United States during the fall season and are most commonly detected in urban areas by homeowners and gardeners, Allsup wrote.
Here’s how she said to control the bugs:
- Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up adult insects or drop them in soapy water
- Take action in early fall to caulk cracks and crevices around the house
- Prevent movement from outside by repairing windows and installing door brushes
- Peripheral pyrethroid spray may be recommended
Allsup noted that it is not recommended to use sprays inside the home because insecticide residue would be ineffective in controlling pests.
According to the Morton Arboretum, all bedbugs should be handled with care, as the insect will give off a foul odor if crushed. Bedbug traps are also available for gardens.
The US Department of Agriculture has classified Illinois as “low risk” for stink bugs, Allsup wrote, and likely will not breed in the house.