For reasons that aren’t fully known, the plague did not return in 2012. But now signs are pointing to a worse infestation than two years ago, when both Rep. Frank Wolf and the Environmental Protection Agency took steps to help local farmers. The problem, of course, was not limited to Loudoun but to much local farmland west and north of Washington. In a cause for further alarm, local vineyards are a prime stink bug target.
For more details, and more gross photos, about the possible pending swarm, read Gibson’s story here.