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Another bad bug calls Vermont home; threatens apple crop

Unfortunately, pesticides that kill stink bugs are powerful and not recommended for use in houses and gardens. A vacuum cleaner is recommended for removing the bug indoors.

Orchard owners in Vermont are asked to inspect trees and fruits for the bugs.

Perry said that "researchers are working on biological controls that will kill the pest and not predator insects and other native stink bugs that don't cause problems. Being an introduced pest, no natural biological controls are present in infested areas."

Perry advised Vermont residents to check vehicles, campers, packing materials, or other objects that you're transporting from outdoors during the summer.

Meanwhile, local orchard owners are on the lookout brown marmorated stink bug.

At Douglas Orchard and Cider Mill in Shoreham, operated by the Douglas family since 1898, management is aware of the potential threat.

Orchard co-owner Scott Douglas said the stink bug is one more thing to add to his list of agricultural worries.

"We've been aware of this possibly for awhile. We're concerned that this a whole other pest to deal with on top of all the others," Douglas said.

Douglas said his family would use a stink bug insecticide in the orchard, but he's not sure what's effective without killing beneficial insects in the process.

"We use what's called IPM, or integrated pest management, in our operation," he said, "so that involves just the right timing when applying insecticides.

Douglas said old-style insecticides killed everything, but today's chemicals are different.

"Many of today's pesticides don't kill the pests out right," he added. "They are targeted; they can disrupt the insect's nervous system or feeding patterns."

Douglas said he has already spoken with other Vermont orchard owners-everyone is on the lookout for a possible stink bug invasion, he said.

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