There are many things that farmers have to worry about. Some farmers worry about lack of rain. Others worry about pests that eat crops. Farmers in UK have new pest to worry about - stink bugs. For first time, stink bugs have arrived in UK and they are causing farmers trouble. The stink bugs came from either China, Japan or Korea. They are not native to UK. The smelly insects are now posing threat to fruit and vegetable crops in south of England. The insects get their name from the bad smell they create when they feel they are in danger. Stink bugs were accidentally introduced to USA in the mid-1990s and are now a problem for farmers in 44 states.
Stink bugs feed by piercing surface of fruits and vegetables and then sucking out juice. This makes fruit rotten where insects pierce the skin. It means farmers cannot sell crops. The fruit quite often ends up as juice. Max Barclay, insect expert, said there is no risk to human health from insects feeding on fruit and vegetables. He said: "If you eat damaged fruit, there's no risk to your health. The fruit just doesn't look beautiful, so the sale value is reduced." He said species has wide diet and can eat over one hundred different types of plants. He added that: "With climate change and global trade, these stories are going to become more frequent."