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The wood bugs are to be distinguished from bed bugs. Much less harmful than the latter (highly resistant to insecticides and causing particularly allergic bites), wood bugs live rather in the open air, but can multiply in homes. Their nauseating odor can be a nuisance. It is important to know how to keep them away and get rid of them.

Wood bug.

Round and curved shape, the bug is safe for humans.

How to get rid of wood bugs?

Even though the wood bug is not harmful to human health and well-being, it can become a real worry if it tends to come back into the houses. To no longer be face to face with this harmful flying insect and get rid of it, here are some simple and effective, 100% natural gestures.

  • The Diatomaceous earth or the amorphous silicaSpread one of these powders where the wood bugs congregate; the insects will dehydrate and die.
  • Soapy waterSpray a mixture of hot water and washing up liquid on the bugs to kill them.
  • Thegarlic or the mint: it is about 2 recognized repellents in case of wood bugs. For garlic, it is to mix it in powder with water. As for mint, using it in essential oil mixed with water spray on the passage areas is a good method.

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The wood bug and its operation

Non-aggressive towards the man, the bug of wood can however emit an unpleasant odor, especially when it decided to colonize the house! What are his habits of life to better avoid it? How to distinguish it from the bedbug, much more formidable?

General presentation

  • The stink bug, as its name suggests, favors outdoor spaces to develop. She especially appreciates wetlands, gardens, fields, leafy corners.
  • In winter, on the other hand, it tends to get closer to the houses and enter there to settle there.
  • Measuring around 12 mm, his body is round and slightly domed and can be green, red, brown or black. She also has wings.

Life cycle and behavior

  • During the winter season, adult wood bugs hibernate either in dwellings or in wooden trash and leaves. It is only spring, with the warming weather and the return of blooms, they stand out and go back to laying. There are between 300 and 500 eggs laid during this period, which will take about 7 days to hatch, then 4 to 6 weeks to become adults.
  • His food consists of plant sap, fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. Unlike the bedbug, it does not bite or suck the blood of humans or animals.

To note When attacking a stink bug, it gives off an unpleasant smell to defend itself and keep away from the attacker.

What are the risks for humans?

The main nuisances of the bug are three:

  • Thestench it emerges as soon as it feels in danger and if it is crushed.
  • His invasiveness when she decides to take up residence in the houses, but remains very easy to manage.
  • Few damage to plants and flowers from the garden she feeds on.

On the other hand, this pest does not sting and does not transmit disease.

Distinguish between wood bugs and bed bugs

The wood bug is to be distinguished from the bedbug that houses in housing and especially bedding. The latter has the following characteristics:

  • She has a brown color, a body without wing and measures no more than 8 mm.
  • She feeds on the blood of men during the night, hence its proximity to the beds.
  • She is looking for heathence its infestation of all types of habitats, especially during the winter period when it is cold outside and the housing is heated.
  • Her bite is very painful and allergenic.
  • Finally, it is very difficult to get rid of bed bugs without theintervention of a specialist.

The wood bug is far more harmless than its bedbug cousin. It is therefore more a question of moving it away from the houses, where it tends to come to take refuge, than to eliminate it strictly speaking.

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