Polar Vortex may have killed 95 percent of stink bugs, researchers finds

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FILE – This Thursday, April 14, 2011 file photo shows a brown marmorated stink bug at a Penn State research station in Biglerville, Pa. The bug is causing millions of dollars in damages to crops in the mid-Atlantic region and may be just getting started. It’s now been spotted in 33 states, including every one […]

(WTEN) – An experiment conducted by researchers with Virginia Tech found that the Polar Vortex earlier this year may have killed 95 percent of stink bugs.

According to pestworld.org, stink bugs are most prevalent in the mid-Atlantic region and have been identified in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

The bugs get their name from an odor they emit if they are threatened.

Stink bugs typically find a shelter in the winter and reemerge in the spring once the weather gets warmer.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says stink bugs do not bite people or pets and are not known to transmit disease or cause physical harm.

The bugs typically enter homes through crack and crevices.

Stink Bugs were introduced in the United States in the mid-1990s.

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