Climate change could make stink bugs more common in the Inland Northwest

Stinkbug study
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PULLMAN, Wash. — Some smelly creatures could become more common in the Inland Northwest because of climate change.

According to a new study from Washington State University, changing weather could increase the suitable habitat for the brown stink bug in the U.S. by 70 percent.

This stink bug is normally found in gardens and is known to feast on 170 different types of plants. They also like to make their way into people’s homes in the winter to avoid the cold.

Researchers say rising temperatures will allow the bug to thrive in new locations, including California and some parts of Idaho.

In some states, one of them being Washington, officials are using a natural predator — samurai wasps — to try and cut down on their numbers. Wasps will lay their own eggs inside of stink bug eggs. This not only destroys the affected eggs but when the wasp larva hatch, they eat the developing stink bugs.

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