Stink bugs on the move a growing nuisance in NC

RALEIGH It could be the latest in foreign-born pests to make themselves a nuisance to North Carolina residents.

The stink bug, an import from Asia, was first spotted in Pennsylvania in 1998. Pest management companies In North Carolina say they're getting a growing number of calls about the insects.

The bug gets its name from the foul odor it emits when crushed. Harmless to humans, it's caused millions of dollars in damages to fruit and vegetable crops around the country.

Entomologist Lee Smith says the bugs are new to the area, so professionals are still learning how to handle them.

The North Carolina Pest Management Association says the bugs can be vacuumed, but that people should call a professional in the event of an infestation.

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