The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been tracking the spread of stink bugs and reports they spread to five new states this year, including New Mexico. Stink bugs have been increasingly problematic along the East Coast and the Mid-Atlantic states, and have been reported in 38 states to date.
The other new states stink bugs (officially named the brown marmorated stink bug) are now found are: Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Idaho. They originated in Asia and were unintentionally brought to the United States in the 1990s.
Stink bugs emit a strong smelly odor when squashed, frightened or disturbed. They do not pose a serious property or safety threat to homeowners but they are a nuisance because they are so prevalent. In states with the highest levels of stink bugs, they may be found inside homes in the hundred and even thousands. Stink bugs enter homes when the weather turns cool each fall as they look for a place to winter.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is concerned with the spread of the insects as they are a threat to agriculture, particularly cotton, corn, and soybeans.
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