Stink bug population rising, creating concerns for homes and farmers

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The state’s stink bug population is on the rise.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are shaped like a shield, and range in size from a dime to a nickel. 

Around this time of year, stink bugs are neither feeding nor reproducing. Instead, they’re looking for a warm place to spend the winter months. The best way to keep them out of your home is to seal any cracks in your walls. But once they get inside, vacuuming is the next best option to remove them, which is why prevention is key.

UMass Amherst associate professor Jaime Pinero told 22News, “These insects congregate in houses or structures because they produce an aggregation pheromone. A pheromone is a chemical, a perfume, that the insect produces so that increases the numbers and it’s happening now actually.”

In the spring, stink bugs will become high risk for growers. These small critters only feed on plants.

High risk specialty crops include apples, Asian pears and beans.

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