Record numbers of stink bugs are threatening crops in some parts of the United States, and in other areas, the annoying bugs are growing in number and working their way inside homes as cold weather moves in.
Oregon is seeing high numbers of the bugs, and although there are no damages yet reported for crops, concern is high that there could be a loss.
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“Even low levels of infestation can result in crop losses,” Oregon State University entomologist Vaughn Walton said in a release
. “Stink bugs in commercial crops can lead to increased management costs, pesticide use and outbreaks of secondary pests. There’s no question stink bugs could be an economic issue.”
In 2010, the smelly bugs caused $37 million in losses to apple crops, the university said.
Reports of stinkbug infestations across the country are popping up online, with people complaining about crop concerns, the nasty smell the bugs put out as a defense mechanism, and that they’re moving into homes.
The Port Washington Patch reported that the stink bug
population is looking to explode and offered advice for keeping the bugs out that basically said cover all holes and access to your home.
The Courier Journal reported increasing numbers of the bugs in Kentucky,
saying that while they don’t bite and don’t damage anything in homes, people may have to take action to keep them outside.
An NBC Ohio station said university researchers are trying to find a predator
of the stink bug in the laboratory because there isn’t a natural predator.
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