Image courtesy of Jeff Knight, Nevada Department of Agriculture.
SPARKS, NV - The stink bug is invading western Nevada.
The Nevada Department of Agriculture and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices have received calls from citizens in Smith Valley, Douglas County, Carson City, and North Valleys of Reno and Pershing County expressing concern about the bug, according to the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
Adult stink bugs are good at flying and are highly attracted to lights.
Changing the light to an amber or yellow color could reduce the stink bug problem, according to the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
The stink bug prefers to feed on developing seeds and grain crops, fruits and vegetables.
Most over-the-counter products containing carbaryl or insecticidal soaps, registered for use in the yard, should control these insects, according to the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
For control in crop situations, the Pacific Northwest Insect Control handbook should be consulted.