Many Illinoisans found a new pest invading homes last fall and winter. Those brown, disc-like stinkbugs came from Asia a couple of decades ago and have made their way west, using cracks and crevices into many homes. Fredric Miller has been monitoring the pest in his role as horticulture professor at Joliet Junior College;
Miller says the brown, spotted bugs with a snout can cause major damage to fruits and vegetables but are really harmless to humans;
While green stinkbugs have caused crop damage in Illinois, Miller says the brown ones haven't yet reached a threshold where extensive control might be needed.