The Lake County Farm Bureau said a new invasive exotic pest has been discovered in the region. In the first days of early May, while most of Lake County was still sheltered in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, two brown marmorated stink bugs were discovered in orchard traps set at two separate locations.
One of these is found around Upper Lake and one in the Big Valley area. It’s the first time the pest has been located in Lake County, the Farm Bureau said.
The stinkbug is an invasive pest endemic to China. It can cause severe crop and garden losses and become a nuisance in and around homes and other buildings. BMSB primarily damages fruit and is a serious pest of many fruit and fruiting vegetable crops. In Lake County’s main agricultural crops are susceptible, as are many home gardens.