Keep Stink Bugs Out of Air Conditioners and Hide an Outside Air Conditioner Unit
The brown marmorated stink bug BMSB hibernates during the winter. Stink bugs invade homes in the autumn looking for hibernations spots, such as window air conditioners. The BMSB produces a horrible odor when threatened, which makes them a nuisance in the home.
How to Keep Stink Bugs Out of Air Conditioners
To keep stink bugs out of air conditioners, the homeowner needs to initiate a multi-faceted prevention program. Stink bugs can enter homes through any small opening and not just through the air conditioner. Place fiberglass shade-blocking screens on the outside glass of windows holding air conditioners.
They may be sold as solar shade window screens but they will also block insects from coming through that part of the window, according to the South Carolina Energy Office. Remove small air conditioners from windows at the end of August. Stink bugs enter the home through the air conditioner.
Stink bugs can use the air conditioner itself as a hibernation place but may also move through the air conditioner into other areas of the home. If the air conditioner is too big to move, go to Step 3. Place weather stripping around windows, doors and air conditioners that are too large to remove.
Stripping seals off narrow cracks that stink bugs can crawl through. Repair or cover any holes in window screens. To keep bugs out, the mesh diameter should be 20 or finer.
Fit the entire outside portion of a window air conditioner with a commercially made air conditioner cover. These covers may be sold as water-blocking covers. The air conditioner cannot be run with a cover on.
How to Hide an Outside Air Conditioner Unit
Although the unit must still remain outside to function, a little disguise here and there can make all the difference in the world. Paint the outside of the air conditioning unit to match the exterior color of your house. Regular painting tools will work, and, once its painted, the unit will fade into the background.
This is the simplest and easiest method to hide any outside air conditioner, and virtually anyone can do it. Make sure you paint only the metal frame sections and not the fins. Put up lattice panels to conceal the outside air conditioner unit.
This construction can be as simple as one panel placed in front of the unit, or something a bit more complex, such as a three-sided latticework fence. Just make sure there is enough room to access the unit easily for regular cleaning and maintenance or if you need to repair the unit. Plant bushes around the air conditioning unit.
They make a good natural disguise, are attractive and will blend into almost any environment. Make sure you leave ample room for service and maintenance. More importantly, leave enough room so that falling leaves and twigs dont fall into the fan blades and cause potential damage.
Place large potted plants around an outside air conditioning unit. This can be done as a temporary solution for parties or social get-togethers or as a more permanent solution in sunny, temperate climes. The plants will need to be watered and taken care of on a regular basis, but potted plants can be moved or changed anytime you desire.
In cooler climates, they can be set out during the summer months and brought into the house during the winter. .
An outside air conditioner unit most likely will never be viewed as an aesthetic complement to your home. Because it needs to be located outside to function properly, you dont have the option of putting it inside your house or garage to hide it. However, there are options available to conceal it to some extent.