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Stink bug spread worries growers across nation
Yahoo News ^ | May 20, 2011 | David Dishneau and Genaro C. Armas

Posted on 05/22/2011 3:10:09 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started.

The brown marmorated stink bug, a three-quarter-inch invader native to Asia, is believed to have been brought first to the Allentown, Pa., area in 1998. The bug began appearing in mid-Atlantic orchards in 2003-04 and exploded in number last year.

This spring, stink bugs have been seen in 33 states, including every one east of the Mississippi River and as far west as California, Oregon and Washington.

"All that we do know for certain is that a tremendously large population went into overwintering in fall 2010. So, if they survived, there could be a very large population emerging in the spring," said Tracy Leskey, a research entomologist at the U.S. Agriculture Department's Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville W.Va.

Growers in the mid-Atlantic region have reported the worst problems, and the apple industry appears hit hardest, with $37 million in damage to growers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, according to the U.S. Apple Association. That's about 18 percent of the Mid-Atlantic crop.

Mark Seetin, the association's director of regulatory and industry affairs, called it the worst threat to farmers he's see in his 40 years in agriculture.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agriculture; chinacommies; infestation; stinkbug; stinkbugs
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1 posted on 05/22/2011 3:10:11 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: SunkenCiv; Kaslin; Nachum; nuconvert

This bug is a threat to agriculture. Food prices are high enough as it is and this could make it even worse.


2 posted on 05/22/2011 3:11:30 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Clintonfatigued

In other news the bug has been renamed “The Zero bug” and efforts are underway to get it listed as the national insect.

At least for now.


3 posted on 05/22/2011 3:14:56 PM PDT by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: Clintonfatigued

Just when it became rare to see Japanese beetles around here, stink bugs showed up.


4 posted on 05/22/2011 3:16:13 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Clintonfatigued

These are a scourge in SW Va. — all over the inside and outside of our home. We have several jars around to catch them in. We actually do call them “Obama Bugs.”


5 posted on 05/22/2011 3:17:49 PM PDT by hemogoblin
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To: Clintonfatigued
If you have a garden in the south you have seen these guys for sure! I hate them!


6 posted on 05/22/2011 3:18:00 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: gusopol3

Are these the bugs that look pretty much like a Japanese Beetle?


7 posted on 05/22/2011 3:18:53 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Is there a natural predator to them?


8 posted on 05/22/2011 3:20:22 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Clintonfatigued

They make great gags for coworker pranks. Just sayin. LOL


9 posted on 05/22/2011 3:21:13 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Even a RINO will chew its foot off when caught in a trap.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Are these the bugs that look pretty much like a Japanese Beetle?

Exactly the same except for the eyes.

10 posted on 05/22/2011 3:22:05 PM PDT by bigheadfred (I wish I was an Oscar Meyer wiener but Lindsay Graham beat me to it.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

11 posted on 05/22/2011 3:23:02 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: Clintonfatigued

China’s secret weapon??


12 posted on 05/22/2011 3:24:06 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Clintonfatigued
There are many YouTube videos discussing different types of traps. The homemade version (on the cheap) that looks good is here. A commercial (home made and a little pricey) is here. The Pittsburgh area had quite the invasion this past year.

Last fall I was installing LED lighting in my two story kit barn and found "hundreds" had crawled behind the wooden gusset plates. It was something like out of a horror film. Bug bombs worked, but it was very unpleasant. Thank you China.
13 posted on 05/22/2011 3:24:14 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The stink bug is repelled by the deodorant bug.

P&G says it has a Secret Deodorant Bug, but it’s only effective on females.

Dial Corp is working on a Right Guard deodorant bug, but it’s waiting for clearance from the NFL Player’s Union which swears they’ll strike if there isn’t a jock rot clause in the Right Guard contract.


14 posted on 05/22/2011 3:24:46 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

This must be a different bug from the one I call a stink bug, because they have been around a lot longer than ‘98.


15 posted on 05/22/2011 3:27:14 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: GeronL

Could be. It’s native to China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.


16 posted on 05/22/2011 3:27:48 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Ditter

I agree. This bug has been around for 70 years or more.

Did 0 and holder come up with a way to make a crisis out of them. GW causing
stink bugs to attack?


17 posted on 05/22/2011 3:30:42 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: Brandonmark
That little green *astard on top of the penny is what we have around here.
18 posted on 05/22/2011 3:31:26 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Bachmann, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: PA Engineer

There is a wasp native to China called Trissolcus halyomorphae. I don’t know what the layman’s term for the wasp is. It’s a natural predator to this kind of stink bug. I think we ought to import a few.


19 posted on 05/22/2011 3:31:33 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: PA Engineer

I wish I could keep walking sticks around here.


20 posted on 05/22/2011 3:33:09 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

No natural predators.

Only Monitor 4 spray, delivered in copious amounts by land, sea, and air, will effect them.

It is a neurotoxin.

It kills EVERYTHING in it’s path.

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war


21 posted on 05/22/2011 3:35:57 PM PDT by bigheadfred (I wish I was an Oscar Meyer wiener but Lindsay Graham beat me to it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232; All
As you know, stink bugs come in a variety of colors, with green being very prominent in the Deep South.

The key for gardeners is to recognize the infants and juveniles of the stink bug, which will cluster together for some time before they mature. They can be black & white or grey, or other colors, and they look nothing like the adults. They are easier to kill when very young.

Gardeners should look them up and recognize all stages, in order to protect the bounty.

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22 posted on 05/22/2011 3:36:12 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

IMO, they look like panel van next to a Volkswagen alongside the Japanese beetle. Their main talent in a residential as opposed to an agricultural setting is utter lack of evasive skill, they sit there quite docile waiting to be crushed.


23 posted on 05/22/2011 3:36:20 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Clintonfatigued

They’re everywhere. arrrggggggggggghhhhhhh


24 posted on 05/22/2011 3:44:08 PM PDT by Carley (OBAMA, DO YOU HEAR ME NOW........... '67 BORDERS, IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN)
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To: gusopol3

I, for one, welcome our new stink bug masters. And if you need to know the names of those trying to exterminate you I can probably help with that. just saying....


25 posted on 05/22/2011 3:44:31 PM PDT by conservaterian (Sarah/DeMint '12)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Yep The ones around here are mostly green but have seen the grayish to browns around also.


26 posted on 05/22/2011 3:47:39 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

We have HUNDREDS of these guys in our house. I counted more than 70 around the kitchen window one day. That’s 70 at a single counting. What’s up with Japan? Kudzu, Snakehead fish, Chestnut blight, Japanese beetles, and now this?


27 posted on 05/22/2011 3:50:23 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I have a garden in the south and this is the first I’ve heard of them. I live in Georgia.


28 posted on 05/22/2011 3:59:47 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Clintonfatigued
There is a wasp native to China called Trissolcus halyomorphae.

I am worried about the blowback from importing another exotic.
29 posted on 05/22/2011 4:04:06 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: PA Engineer

Thanks, long but good video - I wondered why he did not tape the light to the outside bottom but it seems to work well the way he did it.


30 posted on 05/22/2011 4:05:24 PM PDT by TxDas (This above all, to thine ownself be true.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

They have been around the south for many years. You are very lucky not to have them.


31 posted on 05/22/2011 4:05:39 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
I wish I could keep walking sticks around here.

Are they natural predators against stink bugs? We get a substantial population of them around mid July.
32 posted on 05/22/2011 4:06:45 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

They must taste bad too because the chickens and ducks won’t even eat them.


33 posted on 05/22/2011 4:07:12 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. -- John Steinbeck)
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To: PA Engineer

Why? What could possibly go wrong? </s>


34 posted on 05/22/2011 4:08:44 PM PDT by Gumption
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To: bigheadfred
This is what japanese beetles look like, could tell them apart easily.

But sounds like they're working their way west, just like the jap beetle has.

The traps attract more to your garden. The only way I've seen them effective is where you can encircle your garden area by placing them several yards outside of it. They are yucky to clean, change, and keep up with.

I remember the green stink bug since I was a kid but not this one. Anything that would work in the midwest to eradicate both of these pests would be a good thing. In the east they have introduced a parasitic fly that feeds on the female but not before she's laid some eggs.

The U of MI has been working on a virus that will spread from adult to adult, but that was a few years back, and I haven't heard of anything since.

The only pesticide that really works are those in the neocontinoid class which have residual action, even after a rain, but it kills bees and wasps. I sprayed with Sevin, and it washed right off the next rain, used the max recommended by gardeners, and didn't seem to phase the pests.

Milky spore doesn't work well in the midwest.

One thing my neighbor used that might work on the stink bugs, too, is food grade diatomaceous earth, wet down the plants and sprinkle. It's gritty, and they don't like it. Don't know if it would be cost effective for a large growing operation or not.

35 posted on 05/22/2011 4:10:28 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: Clintonfatigued

I understand that the Democrats are going to offer the stink bug amnesty and instate college tuition.


36 posted on 05/22/2011 4:12:39 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: Clintonfatigued

Besides losing our massive edge in production and manufacturing this is but another stab in the back from China and the free traders and the USA second or third or fourthers that have influence in our government.

These critters represent a plague on us that those who like the Commies more than the USA have foisted upon us. My GOP Congressman that I once supported heavily has never opposed a free trade pact. Should that bother me? But it does.


37 posted on 05/22/2011 4:14:07 PM PDT by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: Clintonfatigued

These bugs are the devil. They get into everything.


38 posted on 05/22/2011 4:16:35 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Tough enough to have survived the end of the world)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I usually don’t see them in numbers until Sept. or so, then they arrive and do damage to my tomatoes on the vine. Nasty holes in the fruit that at first I thought were caused by birds.


39 posted on 05/22/2011 4:19:17 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

we had stink bugs prior to 1998.


40 posted on 05/22/2011 4:22:04 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: TribalPrincess2U

LOL! I am 70 and the stink bugs have been around all my life, unless they are talking about a different variety. I think our stink bugs are green.


41 posted on 05/22/2011 4:24:59 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Scotswife

In PA we started getting them 2 years ago and are now infested with them. Everything from gardens to cars in a garage are susceptible to their damage. They infested us from China and I will not forget that it was our corrupt politicians (not China) who were responsible.

The politicians got their lobbyist kickbacks just as Abramhoff and others got theirs. We paid the price.


42 posted on 05/22/2011 4:30:01 PM PDT by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: Aliska

I have a couple of pounds of the food grade Diatomacious earth and I plan to use it on these guys this summer. Have you actually used it?


43 posted on 05/22/2011 4:37:04 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
"I usually don’t see them in numbers until Sept. or so, then they arrive and do damage to my tomatoes on the vine."

I was surprised to see them in April, but I had lots of dead vegetation in my garden that could harbor them. Sprayed and killed lots of clusters of newly hatched.

"Nasty holes in the fruit that at first I thought were caused by birds."

The damage to tomatoes is much like a bullseye. They 'sting' the fruit and inject saliva-like substance that looks like it damages the flesh in rings.

On the farm we are acutely aware of stink bugs, as they will ruin immature cotton bolls in a heartbeat, and they can destroy soy beans too.

44 posted on 05/22/2011 4:37:45 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Ditter
This must be a different bug from the one I call a stink bug, because they have been around a lot longer than ‘98.

Exactly. The grayish colored variety has been in Oklahoma since at least the '60s.
45 posted on 05/22/2011 4:38:24 PM PDT by CaptSkip
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To: Clintonfatigued; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...
Looks like a good Weekly Gardening artical to ping to the list!

STINK BUG ALERT!


46 posted on 05/22/2011 4:40:40 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Same here. They cling to window screens in Indian Summer. When killed, they smell like acrid pine sap.


47 posted on 05/22/2011 4:40:43 PM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I was never like this until recently, but now I kill almost every bug I see. Mea culpa.


48 posted on 05/22/2011 4:45:02 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Like flies on...

49 posted on 05/22/2011 4:45:39 PM PDT by TSgt ("Some folks just need killin'" - Sling Blade (2006))
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To: CaptSkip

I am with you. These guys have been around for a long time. I remember them in the ‘60s. Maybe not the same variety but they were around!


50 posted on 05/22/2011 4:46:11 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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