An unwelcome stowaway from the East Coast showed up in a Nampa home last month. A brown marmorated stink bug likely hitched a ride in furniture or packing materials to Idaho. This is the first time this pest has been found in Idaho.
This stink bug originated in Asia and popped up in mid-Atlantic states in the 1990s. They have already caused major damage outside of Idaho to fruits and vegetables, especially apples, peaches, and pears.
More than 100 Idaho schools have been selected to receive a federal grant to give kids more fresh fruits and vegetables. The grants are meant to provide healthy snacks outside of the school lunch and breakfast program.