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Emotional Distress from Stink Bugs

I have had a stink bug problem for 3 years. Last fall I had a full blown infestation. Many times 400 plus in my tiny house. Long story short I feel I have unresolved childhood issues as well as being a victim of domestic abuse. I have pulled myself up many times and raised my children alone. Now at 59, I feel the bugs REALLY pushed me over the edge. The possibility of the bugs returning in the fall is already causing panic and depression. I have no health insurance and feel truly hopeless. My bugs ARE real. Help!

Editor Comment:

So sorry to hear about your stink bug problem.

Dealing with a stink bug infestation can be a frustrating and stressful experience, and it's not uncommon for it to cause mental anguish. The constant presence of these bugs, the unpleasant odor they release, and the feeling of helplessness can all contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression.

If you are experiencing mental anguish due to a stink bug infestation, it is important to take steps to address the problem. Start by taking steps to prevent the bugs from entering your home, such as sealing cracks and crevices and installing screens on windows and vents. If the infestation has already occurred, take action to eliminate the bugs, whether it be through DIY methods or by hiring a professional exterminator.

If stink bugs have already entered your home, there are a few ways to get rid of them. One way is to use a vacuum cleaner to suck them up and dispose of them. You can also use a sticky trap or a pheromone trap to trap and kill the bugs. However, it is important to note that these methods may not be effective in large infestations, and it may be best to contact a professional exterminator for help. If you want to avoid using chemicals, you can use natural methods like using peppermint oil or cloves as a repellent.

It is also important to take care of yourself during this process. Make sure to get enough sleep and exercise, and try to practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation. Talking to someone you trust about your feelings can also be helpful in managing your mental anguish. If you feel that your mental health is suffering, it's a good idea to seek professional help, such as a therapist or counselor, who can help you cope and develop strategies to manage your symptoms.

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