Researchers Say Polar Vortex May Have Killed 95 Percent Of Stink Bugs

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BLACKSBURG, VA – An experiment conducted by Virginia Tech researchers found that the Polar Vortex may have killed 95 percent of stink bugs. reports that stink bugs are most prevalent in the mid-Atlantic region and have been identified in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Scientists say the bugs get their name from an odor they emit if they are threatened. Stink bugs generally find shelter in the winter and reemerge once the weather gets warmer.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said 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 cracks and crevices.

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

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