ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Stink bugs have now reached Hennepin County.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture on Tuesday confirmed the brown marmorated stink bug has been found in Plymouth, a Twin Cities suburb. It’s the first time the invasive pest has been found in Hennepin County.

The department says an employee of a pest control company found the insect at a Plymouth business last week. It’s unclear how the bug arrived at the business.

The stink bug is native to Asia and has spread to 33 states since it was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2001. In Minnesota, the bug has previously been found in Ramsey, Anoka, Washington and Winona counties.

The bug feeds on a wide variety of plants including fruit trees, vegetables and soybeans. When disturbed, the bug releases a foul-smelling odor.

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Comments (7)
  1. Mr. Always Right says:

    I hope these bugs will make it over to the plaza where the protesters are…might make the place smell a little better

    1. whatyousay says:

      your name stinks

    2. Ha Ha says:

      I know you’re trying to be funny, but man, that’s really dumb.

  2. LO says:

    I seen one of those in my apartment last year in MPLS..their not that new obviously.

  3. Murph says:

    If it’s bug ugly,stinks and is a pest,it’s probably Republican! Squash the nasty little criiters!

  4. whatyousay says:

    what are you racist???

  5. Murph says:

    Bugs need friends too! If you don’t squish ’em they don’t stink up the place.Unlike politicians who constantly raise a stink and taxes and gasoline prices,etc,etc. Squish politicians ,not harmless little bugs!

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