The Bagrada bug is an invasive pest native to Africa, that was first found in Los Angeles County in 2008. By 2011, the pest had spread throughout Southern California to San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. In September 2012, the pest moved northward to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties; in 2013 it was found in Fresno, Tulare, and Monterey counties. Other states where this stink bug is currently found include: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Texas.
Bagrada bug is a major pest of cruciferous plants, including important crops such as cabbage, kale, turnip, cauliflower, mustard, broccoli and radish. It is difficult to control even with conventional pesticides, and many organic growers in Ventura County have found that they can no longer produce these crops because they don't have a way to suppress the pest population enough to avoid heavy damage to young plants.Links