DETROIT – It's a springtime invasion!
You've probably caught them crawling around your house. So just what the heck are these guys and why do they have Michigan farmers in a panic?
They don't belong in Michigan and are steadily becoming more of a threat than a nuisance.
They're nasty, smelly and nobody wants them around. They were first introduced to the United States about 20 years ago from Asia aboard cargo ships. The brown marmorated stink bug has been in Michigan about 10 years.
The bugs get their unusual name from the pungent smell that comes after one is injured or killed and most stink bugs creep into warm homes during winter and look for a way out once Spring arrives.
Michigan State University tracks the location of stink bug populations because they tend to feast on Michigan’s cash crops.
Experts say you can prevent Stink Bugs from entering your home by sealing up cracks around doors and windows.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB): Information for Michigan Residents on a New Home Invader:
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