Odiferous insect making a stink upstate

HIGHLAND – With the warmer weather gradually coming to the Hudson Valley, there’s a new kid in town, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, a rather large bug that is invading the region.

It has already reached epidemic proportions in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and points south to Washington, DC, according to Peter Jentsch, who is part of the team for the Cornell Hudson Valley Lab in Highland.

The bugs don’t harm human; they don’t bite. They feed on the juices of stems, leaves and seeds.

The problem could come when they feed on farmers’ crops, said Jentsch.

“They are feeding on tomatoes, on peppers, sweet corn, on feed corn, on soybeans, fruits and vegetables such as peaches, nectarines, apples, pears; it’s an insect that feeds on such a diverse crop base that it is a major concern to agriculture in the region,” he said. “So that’s what we are trying to get an early feel for what this insect could be doing in the Hudson Valley.”

The bugs could damage those crops.

The stink bugs took refuge in homes during the cold winter months and now that it is getting warmer, they are looking for a way out, thus showing the large shapes on walls, ceilings and floors