University of California researchers are warning of a stink bug infestation centered on a Midtown Sacramento neighborhood.
According a Wednesday media release from the department of Agriculture and National Resources, the brown marmorated stink bug looks to have colonized the Capitol Park neighborhood near 13th and L Streets.
The bug is usually confined to Los Angeles County and has been labeled as a “super pest” by researchers due to the problems it causes to crops as well as homes.
While the brown marmorated stink bug may resemble an ordinary stink bug, the “super pest” can been differentiated by its larger size and differing patterns on its shield and abdomen.
“This is the worst invasive pest we’ve ever had in California, but there is no funding to attempt to eradicate it, nor is there a mandate to do so,” wrote UC Cooperative Extension advisor Chuck Ingels in the release.
The bug is known to feed on crops like apples, pears, cherries, peaches, melons, corn, tomatoes, berries and grapes. Further, the bug is known to invade buildings once temperatures dip.
Researchers first noticed that the bug had reached the US back in 2001. The bug is native to China, Japan and Korea.
Most new infestations of the bug are found in urban areas, researchers say, as it is able to move around easily by flying or hitching a ride.