MSU Extension needs help tracking destructive invasive species

This map shows the concentration of black mamorated stink bug throughout lower Michigan. (Map courtesy of Michigan State University.)

MICHIGAN, (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Michigan State University Extension needs your help tracking a bug that sucks juices out of plants that could cause problems for local farmers.

The brown marmorated stink bug was brought to North America sometime before 1996, according to Michigan State University Tree Fruit Specialist Julianna Wilson.

The bug threatens Northern Michigan because the bug feeds off of the juices inside of fruits and vegetables grown in the area. MSU is asking for help tracking the bug by reporting sightings in your home.

The BMSB slowly invades areas by first finding a place to stay warm in people's homes, after a few years the bug becomes a major pest for the local agriculture. Wilson said the bug has already become well established in most counties of lower Michigan.

If you spot the bug, pictured below, you can report your sighting to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.

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