Stink Bugs Hit East End Of Long Island

RIVERHEAD, NY (WCBS 880) – It’s ugly, it stinks, and it has Long Island farmers on edge.

The skunkish smelling, dinosaur looking, crop devouring, brown marmorated stink bug has been spotted on Long Island.

It’s being tracked by entomologists and has east end farmers and landscapers on alert.

“You know, especially with the economy is right now, the last thing I need is something else that’s going to hurt my business,” landscaper Chris Moore told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. ”

Xirinachs remarked it was “one more economic punch.”

Moore replied, “Yeah. Exactly, which we don’t need.”

Already responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in crop damage across the country, experts say the hungry creature makes the bed bug resurgence look tame.

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One Comment

  1. paula says:

    There both bad, just wait till you have hundreds of them outside and inside

    1. Steve says:

      I live in Huntington LI, and never saw this beetle before last winter when I would find one here or there, now again this fall I am finding one here or there in the house. I figure they come in the poinettias I purchased on Black Friday at Home Depot.

  2. pinkysmama says:

    I agree….would rather deal with them than bedbugs. They are easy to gently pick up in a tissue and flush.

  3. Calverton, NY says:

    I just found one in my apartment in Calverton a few minutes ago and as I took it’s picture to find out what it was…it flew away. Should I be worried that this thing is in my apartment?

  4. RocklandAdvocate says:

    They’re also in Rockland County NY … got them up here in Stony Point. They are annoying, but I rather have a few of those walking around my house than to be infested with bedbugs…

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