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New Invasive Bug Moves into Wisconsin

Written By: Jerry Hanson  |  Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an exotic invasive insect pest accidentally transported to Pennsylvania from Asia in the 1990s. It was first sighted and identified in Allentown, PA in 2001. These stinky invasive bugs are much worse than the Asian Lady Beetles we have been dealing with in recent years. They stink much worse.

"The odor lingers for two or three days. It's pretty powerful," said Phil Pellitteri of the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Lab in Madison. It's a very stale, musty smell. Concerning the economic damage these beetles inflict, "it is like a marriage of the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle to the Japanese Beetle," Pellitteri said.

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