ELKHART COUNTY — It's an unwanted guest and its invading Elkhart County homes – A new kind of stink bug never before seen in Indiana is now here.
The state has dealt with its share of invasive insects. The emerald ash borer, Asian gypsy moth and most recently bed bugs, to name a few. But a new name is being added to the list of unwanted pests.
It's called the brown mamorated stink bug. A bug no bigger than a half-inch long, but becoming a huge problem for homeowners.
"We were keeping the window open and letting the fresh air in, but they get in between the screen and the window,” said Eileen Miller, who’s home was invaded by the bug. “Somehow they flatten themselves out and get in between. I'm not sure how that happens because we don't have trouble with flies or mosquitoes getting in there."
The bug was identified by scientists at Purdue University after an Elkhart County homeowner sent them one. This type of stink bug is a native of Japan, China and Korea but was reported in the U.S. 12 years ago. Since then it's been found in 10 other states.