A cure for stink bugs?
Is there a cure for the stink bugs that are plaguing Mid-Atlantic farmers and homeowners alike?
My colleague at The Sun, Mary McCauley, writes today that USDA researchers are working with a tiny "imported" wasp that lays its eggs inside the eggs of stink bugs. The wasp babies then eat their way out of the stink bug eggs, destroying the baby stink bugs in the process.
It is a fascinating story, but a happy ending is a couple of years off and farmers don't know if they can survive until then. Stink bugs, which have no native predators, are destroying crops like mad.
I wonder if we have learned any lessons about using one species to control another? I have no doubt that the imported wasps will destroy the sting bugs. But what will be needed to keep the wasps in check?