Stink Bug Threatens Mich. Fruit, Vegetable Crops

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- A tiny insect is threatening Michigan's fruit and vegetable crops.

The brown marmorated stink bug's presence in Michigan has growers and agriculture experts concerned because there are no state or federal eradication programs.

The Detroit News says the invasive Asian bug was found last year in Wayne, Oakland and 10 other Michigan counties, two years after it first was spotted in Berrien County.

The stink bug is the latest member on a list of invasive species that have had an impact on the state's plants and lakes. Others include the emerald ash borer beetle, the zebra mussel and feral swine.

Michigan State University entomologist Matt Grieshop tells WWJ-AM the stink "bug eats pretty much anything," including soy beans, corn and more.

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