September 28, 2010
Suddenly, the bedbug has competition for pest of the year.
Farmers in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states are battling a pest whose appetite has left dry boreholes in everything from apples and grapes to tomatoes and soybeans. Stink bugs have made their mark on 20 percent of the apple crop at Mr. Masser’s Scenic View Orchards here. Other farmers report far worse damage.
“They’re taking money out of your pocket, just like a thief,” said Mr. Masser, flicking stink bugs off his shirt and baseball cap as he overlooked his 325 acres, a few miles south of the Pennsylvania border. “We need to stop them.”
No one seems to know how. Government and university researchers say they need more time to study the bug, which has been in the United States since about 1998. Native to Asia, it was first found in Allentown, Pa., and has no natural enemies here.
Some people noticed an increase in the stink bug population last year, but all agreed that this year’s swarm was out of control. Researchers say the bugs reproduced at a faster rate this year, but they are unsure why.
“These are the hot spots right now, but they’re spreading everywhere,” Mr. Masser said. “They even found them out in Oregon.”
Populations of the brown marmorated stink bug — different from the green stink bugs that are kept in check by natural predators here — have been found in 15 states, and specimens in 14 other states, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
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Would it be considered another punch on my ticket to hell if I giggled when looking at the link url and saw it from the New York Times?
Posted by: DL Sly at September 28, 2010 12:39 PM
Suddenly, the bedbug has competition for pest of the year.
As long as the Pelosi Posse is in, it's "no-contest"...
Posted by: BillT at September 28, 2010 12:44 PM
Researchers say the bugs reproduced at a faster rate this year, but they are unsure why.
The bugs have been reproducing at exactly the same rate they always have. One bug lays fifty eggs, and with no predators, most of the fifty survive. Each female lays fifty more eggs, and lather, rinse, repeat, every year for ten years and suddenly we're hip-deep in stink bugs and "ZOMG! Something must have made them reproduce faster!"
Most "researchers" have never set foot outside a lab and wouldn't know a bug's reproductive cycle if it tap-danced into the room and presented them with an engraved business card.
Posted by: BillT at September 28, 2010 12:54 PM
*Pest* seems like such an inadequate comparison when referring to the soon-to-be-on-vacation(so soon? w/o even trying to pass the new federal budget?) critters infesting the halls Congress, Mr. DeBille.
Posted by: DL Sly at September 28, 2010 12:59 PM
"Pest" in the archaic sense -- a pestilence. A plague. A pox. A veritable blot on the escutcheon of decent society.
Posted by: BillT at September 28, 2010 01:27 PM
Well, yeah, if we're gonna go back to your twenty-somethings. Sooner or later, though, ya gotta step outta the first and into the twenty-first century, Mr. DeBille.
Posted by: DL Sly at September 28, 2010 01:44 PM
If we're gonna talk about *my* twenty-somethings, we're gonna have to step back so far you'll definitely have to watch your step.
Pleistocene megafauna were *not* housebroken...
Posted by: BillT at September 28, 2010 02:37 PM
And here I was trying to give you the benefit of the doubt. See if that happens again.
Posted by: DL Sly at September 28, 2010 05:10 PM
Posted by: Cricket at September 28, 2010 08:56 PM
Dl Sly may be closer to the mark than he realizes.
An ASIAN bug, we don't know how it got to CONUS, and it's destroying major cash crops....
Couldn't possibly be economic/biological warfare?
Neither was the Zebra Mussel or Asian Milfoil...
Posted by: MasterDiver at September 29, 2010 02:36 PM
See if that happens again.
Oh, it will. Else I may decide to go with vanilla DQ on the slopes for the "Sherman Crossing the Alps" diorama...
Posted by: BillT at September 29, 2010 03:24 PM
Do that and you will ruin the authenticity of the diorama due to the Alps having a significantly higher altitude than is anatomically correct.
Posted by: DL Sly at September 30, 2010 08:37 AM
Thus enhancing the -- attraction -- of the attraction...
Posted by: BillT at September 30, 2010 09:48 AM
...remember, Cass got 30,000 googlehits just from Abu Dhabi on the blonde pic.
Posted by: BillT at September 30, 2010 09:52 AM
Oh great, you're trying to convince me that googlehits from bassackward third world countries is a *good* thing? For some (obviously) bizarre reason, being fantasy material for a midnight goat rendezvous is not inspiring me.....
Posted by: DL Sly at September 30, 2010 11:22 AM
A hit's a hit.
Posted by: BillT at September 30, 2010 12:43 PM
Besides, you're already in for 10% of the take on the autographed posters and 25% on the inflatable diorama reproductions...
Posted by: BillT at September 30, 2010 12:46 PM
Oh, great, something tells me that you've already gone too far.
And if you think I'm settling for only 10% after signing all those *autographed* posters, you gotta 'nother think coming, buster.
Posted by: DL Sly at September 30, 2010 01:15 PM
That reminds me, your sitting for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade folks has been rescheduled for 11:30 in the am on Sunday.
Still have the beige fishnet body stocking, right?
Posted by: BillT at September 30, 2010 01:55 PM
Ummmm......yyyyyeeeeaaaaahhhhhhh...buuuutttt...it needs to be cleaned cause it's not *really* beige right now.
Posted by: DL Sly at September 30, 2010 03:43 PM
Shouldn't be a problem. They were talking about going with the cerise, to match the mini and the vest, anyway...
Posted by: BillT at September 30, 2010 05:23 PM
Oh good, cause I don't think the oil was coming out.
Orrrr the cherry stains.
You get to tell the Wardrobe Mistress, btw.
Posted by: DL Sly at September 30, 2010 07:56 PM
Wesson oil *again*?
Yo, HF6! Sly made a messy again!
Posted by: BillT at October 1, 2010 03:53 AM
No, it wasn't Wesson oil *again*.
It was sesame seed.
Posted by: DL Sly at October 1, 2010 08:03 AM