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Invasive agricultural stink bug found in B.C.

There are two confirmed sightings of the brown marmorated stink bug in B.C. One found in Kelowna, the second in Penticton.

“These bugs look for warm wintering sites in the fall and winter, so usually the first detections are by homeowners,” says Paul Abram, a federal research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

He said though there have been confirmed sightings in the Okanagan, it's difficult to estimate how many of the invasive bugs may already be in the province.

The bugs have previously caused damage in Pennsylvania field crops like sweet corn, field corn and soybeans. 

Abram says the province plans to focus efforts this summer on understanding how many bugs are already here and how to manage them. | READ MORE


January 18, 2017
By CBC News

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