Stink Bugs

September 19, 2010 by staff 

Stink Bugs, After a summer of problems including drought and excessive heat, farmers in Pennsylvania and other agricultural areas of northeastern United States are plagued by insects, namely Marmorata Brown Stink Bugs. With the fall harvest has just begun, the insects are causing many headaches, but crop losses are not expected to be high.

Experts are not sure why bugs are so high in numbers this year and hope that the numbers return to normal in subsequent years. This is not a consolation, however, the Schuylkill County farmers whose orchards have been particularly affected. To feed, the error looks holes through the skin of the fruit and juice drinks, leaving behind visible damage such as discoloration and brown spots on the surface of the punctured areas.

Marmorata Brown Stink Bugs are native to China, and can make their homes in a number of hosts. The biggest problem for farmers in Pennsylvania are having with this breed is its resistance to pesticides. Common sprays used to kill insects are not only kill the bugs.

The exceptionally warm summer pushed harvest time for a number of crops. The early harvest will reduce the losses caused by insects, but sales may be lower than the crops to mature before their seasons.

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