Stink Bugs Everywhere | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Stink Bugs Everywhere

Play associated audio

By Greg Peppers

Researchers say there appears to be a bumper crop of brown marmorated stink bugs in the metro area this year.

Stink bugs seem to be just about every where you look, inside and outside your house or office building, in your car and sometimes on your clothing.

Virginia Tech research specialist Tim McCoy says the pests are worse than they were last year. Barbara Leach is with the Virginia Cooperative extension, she says stink bugs don't damage property. But, she adds they have done damage to both farmer's crops and home gardens.

"In the home garden they've certainly been a pest with tomatoes, beans, peppers, even my okra has been really malformed," says Leach.

Leach also says despite what we might think, stink bugs don't bite.

"They have little clasping feet, so some people feel like they're being bitten and some people will actually have a skin reaction to them," she says.

The stink bug emits a pungent odor when threatened and they've kept exterminators extremely busy this year.

NPR

From The Ivy League To 'The X-Files': David Duchovny's Big Break

Before he became Fox Mulder, Duchovny was working on his Ph.D. in literature at Yale. He was going to be a poet — or maybe a novelist — or maybe a playwright ...
NPR

College Life Doesn't Have To Mean Crummy Cuisine, Says Dorm Room Chef

Sick of dining hall pizza, public health student Emily Hu taught herself how to cook — even with no oven. Now she's hoping to inspire her peers to pick up cooking skills and healthier eating habits.
NPR

For Colorado's Undocumented, The Wait At The DMV Just Got Longer

Last year, the state became the 10th to offer driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. This year, Colorado Republicans made it virtually impossible for those immigrants to get a slot at the DMV.
NPR

In Sweden, Remote-Control Airport Is A Reality

Sweden is the first country in the world to use new technology to land passenger airplanes remotely. At an airport in a tiny town, flights are guided by operators sitting miles away.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.