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Monday, October 25, 2010 - 11:32am

Stink Bugs Are Spreading Quickly

Updated: 4 years ago.
Researchers at the University of Georgia say the lablab bug came here about a year ago from Asia, but no one knows exactly how it arrived. (photo courtesy University of Georgia)

An invasive species of stink bug has reached 80 Georgia counties, and experts say they’re spreading fast.

Researchers at the University of Georgia say the lablab bug came here about a year ago from Asia, but no one knows exactly how it arrived.

Entomologists describe the bugs as pea-sized, brown in color with a wide posterior.

When it walks it waddles and when it's threatened it releases a chemical that stinks.

A lablab bug feeds on kudzu but it also likes soybeans.

It has no natural enemies.

As winter approaches, groups of bugs may try to move into people’s homes to keep warm.

Experts say crushing them could stain rugs and create a foul and difficult-to-remove odor.

They suggest vacuuming the bugs then placing them in hot, soapy water, as well as removing kudzu from residential areas.

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