New Pest is Introduced to American Crops

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has been in the USA since 1998, but this bug, as you can gather already, does not belong in the USA, as it is native to Southeast Asia.  The presence of this bug was not a big deal until 2010, when it caused notable damage to fruit crops in Pennsylvania. This bug has since been reported in many other US states, but has not yet caused devastation anywhere except for the Pennsylvania, but that is likely to change.

So far these bugs have shown a taste for peaches, apples, sweet corn, blackberries and soybeans in Pennsylvania.  In other states bordering Pennsylvania these bugs have been spotted damaging tomatoes, green peppers, and lima beans.  And it is not just crop devastation that these bugs are responsible for.

The Stink Bug earns its name by, well…..smelling really bad!  And its scent has been known to cause allergic reactions, such as conjunctivitis, in those who are sensitive to the subtle odor of roaches and beetles.  These stink bugs should not even be sucked into a vacuum, as they are known to cause a significant stink even to those who are not sensitive to its odor.  If you believe you have an infestation in of these bugs in your home you should contact pest control before it gets out of hand.

Have you ever encountered a stinkbug in your home? How do you deal with these smelly pests?

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