As reported earlier this month, stinkbugs are causing a stink in Chattanooga, and they’re marching westward.
Mother Earth News, the leading publication dedicated to sustainable living, has launched an online survey to better understand the insect’s behavior and track effective control measures.
Nooga.com readers are invited to take a short survey to help researchers determine the spread of the invasive stinkbug.
Cheryl Long is editor-in-chief of Mother Earth News. She said it’s essential to have a better understanding of how to combat the problem.
"Millions of gardeners and homeowners face aggravation from brown marmorated stinkbugs," she said. "And thousands of those folks have tried innovative techniques for dealing with them."
Long said the survey will help people compare the results of their efforts.
The survey will also cover property damage sustained by the bugs.
"We’ve heard reports of damaged office equipment and vehicles with air filters clogged by stinkbugs," Long said. "The survey will help reveal where to look for problems before the bugs cause costly repairs."
The brown marmorated stinkbug was introduced to North America in the early '90s. Researchers think the insect was accidentally introduced into eastern Pennsylvania and has gradually spread throughout the Northeast and, more recently, Southeast states.
Adults can be almost an inch long and are known to begin searching for "overwinter" sites during the early autumn, which would explain the current infiltration of households and businesses.
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