Stink bugs are invading downtown Sacramento, Japanese mosquitoes are moving into Minnesota, and bed bugs are … well, everywhere, horrifyingly enough. And that’s not even including the weeds, supergerms and parasitic wasps.
Farmers and homeowners in the U.S. are waging war against a range of pests — both homegrown and imported — that threaten crops and livestock, sicken our children, and generally annoy the heck out of us. They come from several sources: Abuse of pesticides and antibiotics have led to the rise of superweeds and superbugs — a problem one researcher called “a slow-train wreck” — while the rise in international trade and tourism has brought with it foreign superpests with no known enemies — and they’re the ones living the American Dream.
Just look at the brown marmorated stink bug.