Sep 20, 2013 4:58 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento city officials say an invasive stinkbug has been seen buzzing around the state capital, and they are worried the pest might spread to nearby farms.
The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1bvU7SI ) that the brown marmorated stinkbug — a native of Asia — have been seen around the city's downtown in an infestation believed to cover a half-square mile.
Entomologists believe it to be the first reproducing population of the stinkbug in California outside of Los Angeles County.
The bugs, which release a pungent aroma when crushed, can cause problems for farmers because they feast on tomatoes, corn, grapes and a variety of other crops.
The insect was first documented in the U.S. in 2001 in Pennsylvania and has spread to 41 states.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com