Asian Stink Bug Found in Duluth

Posted at: 03/15/2013 3:45 PM
Updated at: 03/15/2013 11:05 PM

A new bug is making its way to northern Minnesota and it could cause more problems than just being nuisance, according to the Department of Agriculture.

The agency said the culprit is called the brown marmorated sink bug. They said a student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth found it in the school's insect collection. Entomologists then identified the insect.

The insect was originally collected in January of 2011 inside a Duluth home. It was the first time the pest has been found in St. Louis County, according to the agency. The previous northern-most find was in Wyoming, Minnesota, which is on the northern border of the Twin Cities.

According to the MDA Plant Protection Director Geir Friisoe, the problem with the insect is the impact they can have on a wide variety of agricultural crops from soybeans to apples.

If you believe you have found the insect on your property, the MDA asks that you catch it and contact them at 1-888-545-6684, or at arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us