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    Stink bugs in the Lower Hudson Valley

    Stink bugs are waking up from winter and trying to get outdoors

    Cornell University entomologist Peter Jentsch holds a brown marmorated stink bug at the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory in Highland. Jentsch and other entomologists are studying and monitoring the invasive insect because it poses a serious threat to area state orchard crops.(Photo: file TJN)

    Story HighlightsStink bugs cause millions of dollars in crop and orchard damageThe bugs are an indoor nuisance but otherwise harmless to humansPrevention is key to keeping them out of your house

    Just like most of the rest of us
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    If you live in a drafty old house,
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    From a homeowner’s perspective, stink bugs "are active in March and April and very active in September when they’re trying to get into your house," says Cornell University entomologist Peter Jentsch, the resident Hudson Valley expert on all things stink bug.

    The good news is that now that they’re awake and active again, they’re looking for a way to get back outside. "They will find their way out or die," says Jentsch, who is based at the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory in Highland.

    "The majority of the population lives in the tree canopy year round, or in the fall they head for man made sites like commercial buildings or your house," he says.

    Once they find their way in, in the fall, stink bugs tend to
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    Stink bugs are a nuisance indoors, but otherwise harmless to humans, Jentsch emphasizes. and Canada. Our pest is known as the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys). It gets its name from the brown marbling pattern on its back.

    To identify them, look for striping on its antennae, a striped pattern along the abdomen and smooth shoulders. It has a five sided, shield shaped body and is about 3/4of an inch long.

    Why are they stinky?

    When squashed, frightened or disturbed, stink bugs secrete a foul smelling, bad tasting substance.

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    How did they get here?

    Native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, brown marmorated stink bugs have been in the Hudson Valley since 2007. In
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    What do they eat?

    Stink bugs are a serious pest, feeding on a long list of host plants, including fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and legumes. They also feed on weeds and tree leaves, and are comparatively impervious to insecticides.

    "They have been a major problem in the Hudson Valley as far north as Columbia County," Jentsch says. If we have summer drought conditions, the invasive bug looks for vegetable and fruit crops with sap or juice. "They eat peaches early, then apples and pears, and they really like hot peppers for some reason." Also soybeans and
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