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Outside front door few weeks ago (in Asia though)

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Seems they are going to introduce Samurai wasps to kill them. That will go well.

Keep an eye out for wasps with swords, bamboo poles and tiny helmets.

 

https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/production/a-new-strategy-against-a-dreaded-pest-in-italy/80972

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A new strategy has been given the go-ahead in Italy for the widespread introduction in the environment of the samurai wasp to fight the further spreading of the brown marmorated stink bug, the Asian insect that has, since its arrival in Italy in 2013, had a devastating effect on Italian agriculture production. 

Its presence is also considered a growing menace to the productivity of olive trees.

Conferenza Stato-Regioni, the Italian institution coordinating national and local politics, has approved the extraordinary allocation of $87 million to cover at least some of the damages caused by the stink bug in the 2019 farming season and approved the inoculation of the samurai wasp in selected areas. 

The samurai wasp is a minuscule insect that is considered the biological opponent of the Asian bug since it deposits its own eggs within those of the pest. It does not represent any kind of danger for humans.

The samurai wasp’s well-known reproductive strategy has been studied in the last three years in Italy, both to understand how effective it can be in containing the reproduction of the bug and to evaluate the consequences of its introduction in the environment. 

A new strategy has been given the go-ahead in Italy for the widespread introduction in the environment of the samurai wasp to fight the further spreading of the brown marmorated stink bug, the Asian insect that has, since its arrival in Italy in 2013, had a devastating effect on Italian agriculture production. 

Its presence is also considered a growing menace to the productivity of olive trees.

Conferenza Stato-Regioni, the Italian institution coordinating national and local politics, has approved the extraordinary allocation of $87 million to cover at least some of the damages caused by the stink bug in the 2019 farming season and approved the inoculation of the samurai wasp in selected areas. 

The samurai wasp is a minuscule insect that is considered the biological opponent of the Asian bug since it deposits its own eggs within those of the pest. It does not represent any kind of danger for humans.

The samurai wasp’s well-known reproductive strategy has been studied in the last three years in Italy, both to understand how effective it can be in containing the reproduction of the bug and to evaluate the consequences of its introduction in the environment. 

 
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Just now, DTMark said:

Thanks. First one I've seen.. not knowing what it was I put a cup over it and put it out on the balcony.

 

Apparently they are pretty nasty if you try to kill them. Turn around and punch you in the face.

'The good news is that stink bugs don't bite. They also don't harm people or pets, nor do they spread disease. However, some people are allergic to the compounds released by the stink bug. Symptoms of this allergy can include a runny nose and, if you come in contact with crushed bugs, dermatitis.'

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1 hour ago, Hancock said:

Ant n Dec might know.

Was driving back home last September, pulled down the visor and this badboy was there, i shit my pants.

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Ichumoen wasp (sp?) harmless to humans, hunts a specific prey like spiders or caterpillars and does all sorts of unspeakable things to it.

DT Marks picture was what used to be called a shield bug in the UK, but now are called stink bugs.  Many harmless, some invasive.  I have loads in my garden here in Oz which when young look just like redback spiders unless you look closely.  fuckers.

Some birds eat them but not all.  When the starling flocks come into the lawn, they frenzy on them with me cheering them on.

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