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Stink bugs invade the United States

Carmen Sullivan

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As we are in the midst of fall and the temperatures are cooling more and more, people all over the United States are discovering an abnormal amount of creatures in their home: the stink bug. However, they aren’t just stink bugs in general, they are specifically the brown marmorated stink bug of Asia.

These stink bugs are bigger than normal native North American stink bugs. The brown marmorated stink bug is about 17 mm long and they travel in packs, which somewhat explains the numerous amounts of them this year in homes, but it isn’t the full story. The truth is the brown marmorated stink bugs were accidentally introduced to the United States a few years ago and have grown in extraordinary numbers since the United States does not have the right natural predators or parasites for these exotic insects. Therefore, they have been capable of an exponential growth in population in the United States. During the summer, the stink bugs eat plants which ruins the crops, but during fall they make their way to the indoors to prepare for the cold winter.

Freshman Holly Horton has noticed the numerous amounts of stink bugs, especially in her sister’s car. She said, “I don’t like them because I hate the crunch sound when you smash such a thick bug. It grosses me out,” said Horton. According to the Mother Nature Network, there have been recent stories of these stink bugs being disposed with shovels or buckets. Luckily, stink bugs are harmless but do produce a foul smelling chemical as a defense mechanism when they are alarmed, so try to make these creatures your friend to avoid a stinky house for the winter.