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Asian stinkbugs devour American crops, but are predator wasps the answer?

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Asian stinkbugs devour American crops, but are predator wasps the answer?

Maryland farmer Nathan Milburn recalls his first encounter.

It was before dawn one morning in summer 2010, and he was at a gas station near his farm, fueling up for the day. Glancing at the light above the pump, something caught his eye.

“Thousands of something,” Milburn remembers.

Though he’d never actually seen a brown marmorated stinkbug, Milburn knew exactly what he was looking at. He’d heard the stories.

This was a swarm of them—the invasive bugs from Asia that had been devouring local crops.

“My heart sank to my stomach,” Milburn says.

Nearly three years later, the Asian stinkbug, commonly called the brown marmorated stinkbug, has become a serious threat to many mid-Atlantic farmers’ livelihoods.

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4 Comments

  1. Benjamin Fox

    March 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Might have to start eating them, wonder what they taste like?

    • fliteking

      March 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      We could put the stink bugs in Cigs and mandate “SB Brand” cigs are the only brand eligible to purchase with ‘entitlement money’.

      I live in Pa, was at a Country Store today – – – a lady bought a carton cigs with her access card (welfare card) along with a jumbo bag of chips, 2 cases of soda and a pile of hershey bars. Seems Moooo-chele’s message about eating well is not getting through.

    • Ray - God Bless Israel.

      March 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Hi Ben.

  2. IMSweetOlBob

    March 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    These little just about ate my Shamrock down to a nubbin two springs ago. A little Rose and Flower insect killer did the trick. I reccommend giving a shot to everything you have inside or wintering.

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