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Environment & Climate Change

Michigan stink bug invasion marches on

If you've seen a small shield-shaped brown insect slowly crawling on the walls inside your home, you might be housing one of Michigan's newest invaders: the brown marmorated stink bug.

This particular stink bug doesn't harm humans. They don't bite or spread disease, but they do eat plants and tree fruit. Since they first hitchiked to the United States about 20 years ago, but weren't seen in Michigan until 2010, they have become a pest to farmers and gardeners alike.  
Julianna Wilson, a tree fruit integrated pest management outreach specialist at Michigan State University, joined Stateside to talk about this particular stink bug and wants people who find them in their homes to report them.

Click here to report a brown marmorated stink bug sighting.

Listen to the full interview above to hear more about what you should do when you see one of these invaders in your home, and why they're called "stink bugs."

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