Washington Post online this afternoon published an article on the effect of stink bugs on both home owners and gardeners/farmers. To read it, CLICK HERE.
Added by Erica: Also see this news video about stink bugs’ effect on one Montgomery County farm, an updated fact sheet from University of Maryland Extension, and a press release from the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Some good news from Dr. Mike Raupp: he has been observing predation on brown marmorated stink bugs by wheel bugs, spiders and praying mantids. Check out his site and search under previous Bug of the Week issues to ID these useful predators so you can give them pep talks!
Added by Bob: Here’s the hopeful paragraph from the Post article, which, by the way, appears on the front page of the Saturday print edition: “At a USDA lab in Newark, Del., scientists have quarantined tiny parasitic wasps–collected from China and Korea, where they are the bugs’ natural predators–to determine whether the wasps can be used against the stink bugs without harming other species here. The wasps attack the eggs of the stink bugs. That research is likely to take two more years.”