Rockland Can Look Forward to Stink Bugs Creating More of a Stink as Time Goes On
by M.C. Millman
The brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive pest that lives up to its name, is expected to become a more common Rockland insect, according to a new study published by Pest Management Science.
The study collected data from seventeen states over three years. It concluded that changing weather would increase suitable habitats by seventy percent for the grayish-brown, shield-shaped bugs, which measure an average of three-quarter inches. Scientists say the bug is unlikely to become a problem across all of the United States, given that the central and southern parts of the country do not provide suitable habitats, while Rockland unfortunately does.
Originally from Asia, stink bugs were first recorded in the United States over twenty years ago. Since then, the bugs have been spotted in 46 states and have been classified as a pest in fifteen states.
Stink bugs are not directly harmful to humans but are known to eat 170 plants. The list includes crops and ornamentals. They also require a water source. Stink bugs release foul-smelling liquids, especially when crushed or frightened. The smell itself can cause nausea and will cause vomiting if swallowed.