Thursday, September 08, 2011

The stink spreads as bugs march south

The march of the stink bug continues, spreading its destruction of crops and trees into North Carolina. The brown marmorated variety of the bug was spotted in the mid-Atlantic region in April, creating problems for the region's farmers.

Over half of the crops in Virginia, eastern West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and south central Pennsylvania were lost in 2010 due to the stink bug's appetite for various fruit and vegetables according to farmers in those states, reports Alicia Roberts of the Charlotte Observer.

"It's where a small amount of damage has a pretty big economic impact," Jim Walgenbach told Roberts. He is a researcher at North Carolina State University's Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center.

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