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Radio Smart Talk: Stink bugs on the move; Lancaster County home to U.S. field hockey team

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 27, 2013 3:03 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, March 28:

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How many people have you heard exclaim, "Oh, the stink bugs are so bad this year!"  Maybe you're one of them.  Even though the winter has been cold, the brown marmorated stink bug has found its way into many homes the last few months.  The bad news is it could get worse.

The invasive species prefers warmer weather so when normal spring temperatures arrive in Central Pennsylvania, we could see more stink bugs in our homes.

The pest isn't a danger in homes, other than their unpleasant odor.

That's not the case with fruit trees that can be devastated by stink bugs.

On Thursday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll learn more about the brown marmorated stink bug and what to expect from Steve Jacobs, an urban entomologist at Penn State University.

Also, Lancaster County is becoming the home base for USA Field Hockey.  The U.S. Women's National Team will make their home at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex later this year.

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USA field hockey player Katie Reinprecht

Pennsylvania and its surrounding states are hotbeds for women's field hockey.  In fact, most of the players who competed in the Summer Olympics in London last year are from the Northeast, including Pennsylvania.

When completed, Spooky Nook will be the largest indoor sports complex in the world and will offer facilities for a number of sports. 

National and international field hockey tournaments will be held at Spooky Nook in the future.

Joining us on Thursday's program will be Steve Locke, Executive Director of USA Field Hockey, Ben Halvorsen, director of marketing, Spooky Nook Sports, and USA Field Hockey player Katie Reinprecht, a native of Perkasie, Pennsylvania.


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  • Brittany Renee img 2013-03-28 07:03

    Can stink bugs hurt pets if they are eaten? I've noticed my dog and my neighbors cat like to hunt the pesky insects.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-28 08:37

    Email From Diane

    I'd like to know more about the life cycle of the stink bug.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-28 08:39

    Email from Carla:

    Are stink bugs different in different parts of the state? Everyone I know out here in Western Pa. who has crushed a stink bug says they don't stink.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-28 08:44

    Email from Harry:
    Do stink bugs have any natural predators in Pennsylvania?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-28 08:49

    Email from Noel

    A few years back the Box Elder beetles were the ones blanketing the sides of homes in the fall. What happened to them, did the Stink Bugs destroy their ecosystem?

    Not a fan of either bug, but I'm sure they do important work, even if the Stink Bug is thousands of miles from home.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-28 08:49

    Email from Jean

    they add a festive and crunchy note in my muffins......

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-28 08:51

    Email from Evan

    I'm interested in the impacts on agriculture. Do they affect commodity crops and/or fruits and vegetables?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-28 08:51

    Email from Manuel, Carlisle

    I keep a whisky bottle with about an inch of scotch at the bottom. When the stink bugs are on the ceiling, simply holding the bottle opening over the bug, they seem to “pass out” fall into the scotch and die. And nicely, they do not stink up the area when you do it this way.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-28 08:52

    Email from Jason, Lancaster

    How many eggs does each female lay? What do they look like and how big are the eggs?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-28 08:53

    Email from Todd, York:
    Ginnie Hens and Chickens love Stink Bugs.

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