New Form Of Stink Bug About To Invade Pa

10.24.13 | Bob Price

A form of stink bug that has already invaded the south is expected to begin appearing in Pennsylvania next year. According to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the new insect is commonly referred to as kudzu bug. It feeds on the kudzu weed, found mostly in the southern U.S. First discovered outside Atlanta in October 2009, the bugs were initially thought to be beneficial because they could wipe out the rapidly-growing kudzu. Now, it appears they are damaging valuable bean crops. The bugs are most active in the spring, but are also active in the fall. They leave behind odors and stains and can cause an allergic reaction in some people when crushed.