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Post  mermaid on Sat May 21, 2011 9:48 am

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Stink bug spread worries growers

Associated Press
May 21, 2011EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) -- An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started.

The brown marmorated stink bug, a three-quarter-inch invader native to Asia, is believed to have been brought first to the Allentown, Pa., area in 1998. The bug began appearing in mid-Atlantic orchards in 2003-04 and exploded in number last year.
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EEEEK ! bugs from hell pale The future looks promising for these damn bugs. what a shame.

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Re: Stink Bug Spread Worries Growers

Post  Betep on Sat May 21, 2011 2:22 pm

What? Exploding Stink Bugs?

Stink Bug Invasion
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 28, 2010

Brookline, MA

This past of FALL - As the leaves start to change and the weather gets cooler, it’s only natural for some insects to try over-wintering in building structures. They start to appear in Massachusetts + Rhode Island around September-October and focus heavily on the sunny side of structures. Today’s story comes from one of our long time customers. Her contractor found a ton of “stink bugs” all over the exterior of the home. Naturally, she was very concerned. “What will they do to the building structure? Are the harmful to humans? What is their purpose? They’re very scary looking!” are some of the normal responses for the Western Conifer Seed Bug. But in reality, they’re harmless creatures who live off of seedlings (sap) of trees and in large numbers can cause stress and disease to the tree. I assured our customer that they do not sting or bite, and that their purpose for being there is to stay warm for the winter months.

Tiny wasps could curb a massive stink bug invasion
USDA researchers in Delaware are working to find a safe way to dispatch the region's newest pest
February 28, 2011|By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun
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Inside the quarantine rooms, research technician Kathy Tatman stuck a wad of cotton inside a piece of plastic tubing. She inserted the other end of the tube into a petri dish in which live wasps are kept, and inhaled through the cotton until several female bugs were pulled up into the tube. Tatman moved the tube into a second petri dish containing a fresh layer of pale green stink bug eggs, breathed out, and deposited the mama wasps on a nearby leaf.

Once the wasps find the egg mass, she said, they will almost certainly "sting" every one, eventually killing the embryonic stink bugs inside.

Preliminary indications are that wasps are effective, Hoelmer said, and, just as important, won't attack other, more beneficial bugs.

But establishing the necessary scientific proofs takes time. If all goes well, Hoelmer hopes to have authorization to release the Asian wasps into the environment some time in 2013.

Vyeter, Vyeter, Vyeter, нет Бзтзп

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