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Stink bugs swarm New York as seasonal nuisance intensifies

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As the weather warms up, New Yorkers are noticing an increase in stink bugs, particularly the invasive brown marmorated species, notorious for its pungent odor when threatened. These pests, which were first introduced from Asia in the 1990s, are becoming active again after seeking refuge indoors during the colder months.

The brown marmorated stink bug is not only a household nuisance but also poses a significant threat to agriculture, causing damage described as “scabs” and bruising on fruits and vegetables. According to the, managed by the Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center, New York is among the states reporting severe agricultural and nuisance problems due to these pests.

To combat these unwanted guests, experts recommend sealing cracks around windows and doors, using soapy water traps, and keeping perishable items like fruit refrigerated or well-contained. For severe infestations, contacting a professional exterminator may be necessary to apply insecticidal treatments.