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September 1, 2014

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A stinky situation: Insect invasion leaves western Nevada residents seeking remedy

The so-called Say’s Stink Bugs have invaded western Nevada and are causing a nuisance for residents, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

“They feed on plants and they won’t bite humans,” state Entomologist Jeff Knight said.

The bug gets its name from the offensive odor released when disturbed, he said.

The official name of the insect is Chlorochroa Sayi, and they feed on a weed called tumble mustard. Knight said that when these areas dry up, the bug moves to greener pastures.

Complaints are coming in from homeowners in western Nevada about the unpleasant scent the bugs produce when they land on the homeowner's property.

Knight said Wednesday that these stinky bugs can be mostly controlled by over-the-counter products containing carbaryl or insecticidal soaps registered for use in yards.

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