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October 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Stink bugs looking for warm homes in Washington

The Western conifer seed bug, commonly known as a stinkbug. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

The Western conifer seed bug, commonly known as a “stink bug.” (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Washington residents may be wondering about big brown bugs that have been seen crawling on the walls.

They’re “stink bugs” looking to move into a warm, dry place.

State Agriculture Department entomologist Arlo Pelegrin told KIRO-FM the Western conifer seed bug is more common in Eastern Washington but starting to show up west of the Cascades. He says the wet spring may be responsible for the infestation.

The bugs feed on pine cones. They’re known as stink bugs because of the foul odor they give off.

Pelegrin says don’t try to smash them or they’ll stink. Just put them back outside.

 

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