Stink bugs that smell like rotting cherries ready to crawl in Chicago homes

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This April 14, 2011, file photo shows a brown marmorated stink bug at a Penn State research station in Biglerville, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s stink bug season again. Here’s DNAinfo’s story from last year about the nasty little bugs.

CHICAGO — As collections manager of insects for the Field Museum, part of Crystal Maier‘s job is studying beetles that come from decaying animals, dung or a bottom of a lake that’s decomposing or rotting.

But none of those smells bother her as much as a stink bug’s.

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“I have a pretty high tolerance, but for some reason, a stink bug is really off-putting for me,” she said.

Chicagoans all over the city are starting to find stink bugs, including a brown marmorated stink bug that was introduced from Asia, in their houses as the insects leave the cool outdoors for warm interiors.

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