Stinkbugs Expected to be Worse in Virginia

September 23, 2010

A Virginia Tech researcher says there appears to be a bumper crop of brown marmorated stinkbugs this year.

Research specialist Tim McCoy told "The Roanoke Times" that the household pests are worse than they were in 2009.

While the stinkbug is annoying, Sheri Dorn with the Virginia Cooperative Extension says the insect won't damage houses.

However, Dorn says stinkbugs have damaged fruit and other crops.

Some Roanoke Valley homeowners are calling in exterminators to rid their houses of the pests, which emit a pungent odor when threatened.

Diane DiNardo with Perdue Exterminators says 90 percent of the company's calls now are about stinkbugs. She says people are desperate to get rid of the pests.

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