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    Posted: Sep 26 2017 at 3:35pm
The brown marmorated stink bug, or Halyomorpha halys, an Asian species that's relatively new to our area. It was first reported in the United States in 1998 and was found in Ohio in 2007.

"Right now, they're trying to find a place to stay over winter," said Tammi Rogers, the agriculutural and natural resources program assistant with the OSU Extension Office in Coshocton County.

The bugs hatch from their eggs each year in the early spring, then spend most of their lives feeding upon greenery across the countryside.

"They are actually becoming quite a pest for ag crops," Rogers said. "They are not a native species to America."

Ohio does have a native version of the stink bug that is less common. The new version — the brown marmorated stink bug — were accidentally introduced from Asia in the 1900s, and reached Ohio in the early 2000s.

People generally don't see too many stink bugs until late in the autumn.

"Now that it's cooling and the days are getting shorter, that's kind of their cue to find a place to use as an over-wintering site," Rogers said.

By the time the first freeze of the year hits, there won't be too many stink bugs outside.

"Inside you may still get a few who wake up," Rogers said. "You'll find them in your house all winter long because it's warm in there."

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