Large number of marmorated stink bugs found in California capital

09/18/2013 11:39:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

brown marmorated stink bugs DD and Jim CathcartBrown marmorated stink bugs aggregate on a residential tree near the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.Brown marmorated stink bugs, dubbed by some a "super pest," have become established in a Sacramento, Calif., neighborhood.

It marks the first reproducing population of the pest in California outside of Los Angeles, according to a news release.

When University of California Cooperative Extension adviser Chuck Ingels visited the sites, he had no problem finding the stink bug.

The half-inch-long bug was on tree foliage and flying around.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has classified it as a Class B pest, meaning the pest is considered an economic or environmental detriment and is limited in distribution, according to the CDFA website.

Individual county agricultural commissioners have the discretion to eradicate, contain, suppress, control or take other action against a class B pest. But the state won't conduct a widespread program.

"This is the worst invasive pest we've ever had in California, but there is no funding to attempt to eradicate it, nor is there a mandate to do so," Ingels said in the release.

The brown marmorated stink bug has become entrenched in several Eastern states.

It feeds on a wide variety of crops, ranging from corn and soybeans to tree fruit and tomatoes.

Where it has become established, it has caused millions of dollars in crop losses.

For more information on brown marmorated stink bug, visit www.northeastimp.org.



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