Authorities Ask Citizens to Help Gather Stink Bugs Data

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An invasive species of stink bug known as the Brown Marmorated stink bug came to the United States from Asia in the late 1990s, and now it has spread to 41 states along with Washington D.C. and Ontario, Canada. US Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station have been researching the stink bugs, trying to figure out the best way to eradicate the pesky bugs that damage crops and infest homes during the winter.

An invasive species of stink bug known as the Brown Marmorated stink bug came to the United States from Asia in the late 1990s, and now it has spread to 41 states along with Washington D.C. and Ontario, Canada.

The pesky critters damage crops and infest homes during the winter, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station has been studying them to determine the best methods of eradication.

Some houses get hit with stink bugs worse than others, so Tracy Leskey from the USDA is asking for people to collect data on how many stink bugs are living in their house.

Leskey is quoted as saying: “We don't just want people who have a lot of stink bugs; we want the people who also have fewer, because that's what's going to give us the contrast to tease out what the important factors are.”

Leskey also wants people to document other environmental differences like the color, size, shape, elevation of the house and vegetation surrounding the house to determine why the stink bugs thrive in some houses, while leaving others alone.

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