Asian Wasp Eyed As Answer To Destructive Stink Bug

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Asian wasps that hijack stink bug eggs for their own young are being eyed as the answer to the destructive pest that is threatening mid-Atlantic crops.

Kim Hoelmer, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture scientist in charge of the project, says testing has shown the tiny parasitic wasps being raised in quarantine in a Delaware laboratory destroy up to 80 percent of the stink bug population.

Hoelmer says preliminary indications show the wasps don’t attack beneficial insects, and researchers hope to have approval to release the wasps sometime in 2013.

Stink bugs are a farm threat because they attack a number of crops. University of Maryland insect researcher Michael Raupp says they are expected in record numbers this year in Maryland.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. SMH says:

    “Hoelmer says preliminary indications show the wasps don’t attack beneficial insects, and researchers hope to have approval to release the wasps sometime in 2013.”

    HOW ABOUT PEOPLE? Do they attack people?, Do they Sting? Not sure I want to infest with wasps to get rid of stink bugs…….Just my personal opinion on this one……..

  2. Anne says:

    Of course 80% destruction of a billion stink bugs still leaves a lot of stink bugs.

  3. Greg says:

    This is a horrible idea, why would bringing in another invasive species to ride of another a consideration. Look at the history of Hawaii and their solutions of invasive species hunting another. What are their going to bring in to get rid of the wasps after they take over and have no natural predators?

  4. George says:

    I’ll take the wasps rather than the annoying stink bugs. At least wasps tend to stay outside.

  5. yuck says:

    i AGREE WITH YOU GEORGE! IM TIRED OF STINK BUGS FLYING IN MY FACE GETTING STUCK IN MY HAIR AND WHEN YA KILL THEM… THEY STINK LOL MAKES THE WHOLE HOUSE STINK!

  6. Paul says:

    Aisian wasps are preditors of honey bees, as they have found out in Spain and France. We have enough troubles with the honey bee population now.

    Read about them in Wikipedia.

  7. luke barragan says:

    there was was an old woman who swallowed a fly, sound familiar?

  8. steve says:

    these wasps don’t hunt just stink bugs 30 of them can and do take out 30,000 honey bees in 21/2 hrs so they can take there larvae to feed there young, which if they only hunted Americanized honey bees would be super awesome two pest with one viscous predator, unfortunately that’s not the case, and if you still think its good for stink bugs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fTrSOFyfxs watch this or look at the other videos like guy hailed as hero for shielding wife against swarm of killer wasps…

  9. stacey says:

    i agree with George 100% . i will take the wasps over the stink bugs anyday. their suppose to be small and they dont sting. and wasps tend to stay outside.

  10. Michael says:

    @steve: There’s a difference here actually. The “wasps” that you mentioned aren’t wasps but hornets. These are something else.

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