A species of stink bug may change into “problematic” for crops and gardens after it was found in Surrey, consultants have warned.
The brown marmorated stink bug is native to Asia, can develop as much as 1.7cm and will get its title from the foul scent it exudes when threatened.
A pheromone lure caught the bug on the Royal Horticultural Society Backyard in Wisley, however there are rising fears over the invasive species rising in inhabitants.
Through the summer season, the pests reside on vegetables and fruit by piercing the floor and sucking out the juice, distorting the produce and inflicting it to rot.
They’ll additionally invade homes within the autumn months, leaving stains on curtains and carpets.
Dr Glen Powell, head of plant well being at RHS Backyard Wisley, mentioned: “The set up of pheromone traps at our gardens allow us to check invasive species from their arrival within the UK by way of to potential colonisation.
“Whereas there may be presently no proof of breeding we might anticipate the stink bug to develop in prevalence and it might change into problematic in gardens throughout summer season and houses within the winter months inside five-10 years.
“This is not a sudden invasion however probably a gradual inhabitants build-up and unfold, exacerbated by our warming world.
“The stink bug is not the primary to land on our shores and will not be the final, and understanding how we are able to finest handle it’s the subsequent problem for the analysis group supporting gardeners and industrial growers of fruit and greens.”
The pheromone lure lures the bugs in by releasing its naturally occurring scents to a sticky panel and are a part of a undertaking led by the Division for Surroundings, Meals and Rural Affairs and the Nationwide Institute of Agricultural Botany
It is not clear how the bug arrived within the UK or if the species can bread domestically however it’s believed the southeast of England is the northernmost restrict for the bug’s potential vary, though local weather change means it may unfold additional.
There are greater than 40 species of stink bugs within the UK, nonetheless, most pose no menace to plant well being and should not thought-about pests.
A Defra spokesperson mentioned: “The brown marmorated stink bug will not be a major menace however as with all pests and illnesses we are going to proceed to watch any threats carefully.”