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In Oregon, stink bugs are the problem

October 14, 2013

WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR — Stinkbugs, which are known for emitting a foul, malodourous liquid when disturbed, are causing problems throughout Oregon, according to The Daily Barometer.

The Oct. 9 story said the pests, which originated from China, Korea and Japan, and entered the U.S. in 1996 and Oregon in 2004, are growing in numbers.

To see a photo of the bug, click here.

Right now the numbers aren't very high, but, “That’s going to change, there’s no doubt about it,” said Chris Hedstrom, graduate research assistant within the Walton laboratory in the Department of Horticulture. “Next summer we expect to see a lot more of them.”

Known as "excellent hitchhikers," according to the story, the bugs are known to move into cars, and RVs.

“There are trillions of them,” Hedstrom said in the story. “Come spring, there’s already more on their way.”

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