New stink bug species increasing in state

Published 9:34 am Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ST. PAUL — Experts say the brown marmorated stink bug appears to be increasing in Minnesota, but hasn’t caused any crop damage yet.

The invasive pest was first detected in Minnesota in 2010. It’s been found throughout the Twin Cities area, as well as Duluth in the northeast and La Crescent in southeastern Minnesota. University of Minnesota Extension says it’s also been turning up at homes in the east-central community of Wyoming.

The brown marmorated stink bug has caused significant crop losses in some eastern states where it’s been established for longer.

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But a recent update from Extension entomologists says they’re not aware of any reports so far of the pests causing any crop damage in Minnesota, and that statewide surveys have not detected these stink bugs in soybeans, corn or small grains.