Global warming could see invasive crop-destroying stink bugs travel further in the US

Stink bugs, formally known as “brown marmorated stink bugs,” are invasive to 40 different states in the U.S. and are detrimental to many crops.

To make matters worse, a new study by Washington State University is suggesting these insects are bound to increase their presence as global warming worsens. 

Brown marmorated stink bugs weren’t always an American problem. They originated from eastern Asia and were first discovered in Pennsylvania about 20 years ago. Today, they’ve spread across the country but prefer to reside in the mid-Atlantic, parts of the Midwest, and the west coast.

Alarmingly, they found that the number of suitable habitats for these pesky insects could increase by 70 percent. The mid-Atlantic, the Great Lakes area, and western valley regions, like around Sacramento, California, will be the most affected, the model showed.

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