The brown marmorated stink bug produces a bad odor to protect itself from predators, and it attacks everything from green beans, soybeans, sweet corn, raspberries, pears, and cherries, in addition to peaches and apples. The type of injury it creates differs depending on crop. In peaches, it causes “cat facing” or puckering, and in apples, it creates a corky spot beneath the peel. According to Conrad, the bugs flourished this year because of the hot weather this summer.
To combat the pest, scientists are are planning to visit Asia, where the bugs originated, to look for a natural predator. There currently is no known predator in the U.S.
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