Stinkbugs invading mid-Michigan

Experts offer tips to get rid of "Stinkbugs"  (Photo courtesy of Michigan State extension)

Michigan State Extention office has a warning for people in Michigan about an insect known as a stinkbug.

Adult brown marmorated stink bugs like to move into homes in the fall to take shelter for the winter.

Michigan State extension says they are harmless to humans and pets but are on the verge of being an important pest in fruit and vegetable crops in Michigan.

The bug was accidentally brought to North America from Asia sometime before 1996 and was first detected in Michigan in 2010 says Michigan State.

Also known by its scientific name, Halyomorpha halys, BMSB adults, and nymphs – the immature stages of the bug – feed on a number of important fruit, vegetable, and ornamental crops. Where it has been established for some time, it is now a major pest for growers of susceptible crops.

If you have seen this pest you are asked to report it by filing a report with the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network. Reporting the stinkbug will help scientists track its path.

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