Friday 12 March 2021

BBC: Brown stink bug among 'future threats' to gardens


brown stink bug (Halyomorpha hala)IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES
image captionThe small flying insect emits an unpleasant odour

Gardeners are being urged to be on alert for the stink bug insect and other pests set to arrive in the UK.

The brown marmorated stink bug has been spotted at three places in England so far, but experts are warning that it may become more widespread.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said gardeners should be on their guard for the insect.

It could appear alongside more familiar animals such as slugs, snails and the box tree caterpillar.

Andy Salisbury, principal entomologist at the RHS, said the pests and diseases that gardeners commonly face on their plots have fluctuated over the last 25 years.

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