Stink bug emerges as new invasive to Columbia County

A new insect to Oregon is affecting fruits and vegetables in Columbia County, and its numbers are growing.

After first being detected in Oregon in 2004, the exotic brown marmorated stink bug has established itself as an invasive pest in the state.

“They are showing some definite, severe problems on some apples, pears and quite a few other fruits,” said Chip Bubl, Oregon State University’s Agricultural Extension agent based in St. Helens. “This is probably our first year of visible, significant injury. It’s going to be a problem.”

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