Stinky news for Minnesota farmers: Another invasive pest

NWF's Doug Inkley discusses the nation's growing stink bug problem

05-05-2011 // Sharon Rolenc

This excerpt is from a Minnesota News Connection story

This spring marks a big coming out party around the U.S. for Asian stink bugs, which have hitched a ride into Minnesota in the past year.

The potentially smelly pests, which didn't even exist in this country 20 years ago, are spreading to more and more parts of the country, says National Wildlife Federation senior scientist Doug Inkley. He says the brown marmorated stink bug has freedom of sorts to roam in the U.S. because none of its natural native predators are here, and that research is being done to see if it might be possible to introduce such a predator safely.

"Under study right now is a very small parasitic wasp, about the size of a gnat," Inkley said. "It's non-stinging. It lays its eggs in the eggs of the brown marmorated stink bug and might be able to help control the population that way."

Inkley says the stink bug problem brings to light the need to take steps to head off invasive species before they take root.

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