September 27, 2010 – Segment 3

Farms and homes across the state of Maryland are dealing with a new pest. The brown marmorated stink bug migrated to the US from Asia, and this season the invasive species has appeared in record numbers across the state. A nuisance in the home – stink bugs can appear in large numbers, and earn their name if squished – they are more than a minor annoyance to farmers, whose fruit and corn crops have been ravaged by the voracious pest. Today we check in with Dr. Mike Raupp, a Professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, about the origins of the bug, and what can be done to control it.