When the warmer weather starts to arrive, large green or brown bugs known as stink bugs may appear, crawling on walls, or flying around the windows in your home. If you live in a drafty old house, you’re likely seeing them just about everywhere, now that the sun has become brighter and stronger. If you don’t know what they are, you might swat at them, or step on them, but as soon as you do, you’ll know what you’re messing with, thanks to the horribly unpleasant smell.

1. Seal all access points now

If you haven’t already, the first thing you need to do is seal up all access points so no more stink bugs get in. Fill up all of those cracks and gaps, as mentioned previously, consider exhaust fans, ceiling lights and the backsides of baseboards too.

2. Remove obvious stink bugs

Anytime you see a stink bug, remove it by picking it up in a paper towel or plastic bag and flushing it down the toilet. Be extra careful not to squeeze it, or that bad odor will be released. If you’re worried about them wriggling around, apply some hairspray on them directly which will render them powerless. Make sure to shoot them at a close and direct angle, then you can easily pick them up with your plastic bag or paper towel to flush them down.

3. Make a garlic spray

The acidity and smell of garlic actually offends stink bugs and will keep them far away. Make a powerful stink bug-fighting solution by combining 4 teaspoons of garlic powder with 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Spray around doorways, windows, and any other place stink bugs might enter.

4. Mix up a peppermint spray

You can use mint just like you would garlic. While we may enjoy the scent of this fragrant herb, it repels stink bugs. All you have to do is add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle, and spray it like you would the garlic solution, around doorways, windows, and other entryways.

5. Soap and water

Soap and water may be basic, but it’s a very effective remedy, especially if you’ve got stink bugs crawling on your curtains or walls. Simply fill up a half-gallon or 1-gallon straight-side container about a quarter full of water, and then add a teaspoon of dish soap or laundry soap to it. When the bugs are disturbed, they typically drop down, so you can place the bucket underneath where they are and knock them into the bucket from walls, curtains, screens, etc. with a broom or other brush type of tool. They’ll be unable to escape once they’ve dropped into the container and will ultimately drown.

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