March 10, 2014
BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia Wesleyan professor is studying the effect of insecticides on stinkbugs and is soliciting insects for the research.
Jeanne Sullivan has received a one-year $7,000 grant from the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania for the study of the pesky house critters.
The mobile bug was thought to have stowed away in a shipment from Asia in the 1990s. They destroy crops and cause severe economic damage across Mid-Atlantic states.
Although she has about 1,500 specimens in her lab, she will need a few thousand males and females to complete her research.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports that while they are annoying to homeowners, they're not particularly hazardous. But their multiplication and appetite crops is causing concern.