Stink Bug Outbreak Hits U.S.

USDA searches for an answer

The brown marmorated stink bug.     Photo: Dendroica Cerulia/Creative Commons

Federal officials are searching for a way to stop the spread of the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive species from Asia that has made its way into 38 states. The bug, which first appeared in Pennsylvania in 1998, is believed to have originated in China or Japan and made its way to the U.S. as a stowaway in shipping containers. Though harmless to humans, the insect poses a serious threat to specialty crop growers, puncturing fruits ands causing them to rot. Among the solutions being discussed is the introduction of the insect’s native predator, the wheelbug. The USDA has launched Stop BMSB to raise awareness of the threat.

Via Washington Examiner

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