Invasive Stinkbug Spreads to Sacramento

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 ( ) 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,


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