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Possible Solution to Stink Bugs: Wasps


Reporter: Melinda Zosh

Lynchburg, VA - There might a solution to get rid of some of those crop-eating stink bugs, and it comes in the form of a tiny wasp.

Right now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a study involving the bugs and wasps. Some pesticides have proved ineffective in killing the brown marmorated stink bugs.

Experts say other animals don't eat the insects here in America. So they're studying a parasitic wasp that lays its eggs inside the stink bugs' eggs.

"If you're familiar with Aliens, you know when the alien comes out of the body because it consumes the host from the inside. That's basically what the parasitic wasp is doing - it's having a feast," said Kevin Camm, extension agent for Lynchburg.

Camm says the USDA study is still in its early stages. But the wasps have already proven effective in some other countries.

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