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Tracking the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

This new video series shows growers and others how to identify BMSB, why this pest is important in agriculture, and what’s at stake if we don’t stop it.


 
August 20, 2014 2014 Great Stink Bug Count

Why do some homeowners deal with thousands of BMSBs showing up at their homes and others have almost none? Help our researchers find out. Participate in the “2014 Great Stink Bug Count.” Download your participant form.



August 13, 2014 Available Positions

Learn about currently open positions on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug project.



July 25, 2014 Kicking up a stink over another unwanted pest

The brown marmorated stink bug is keeping biosecurity managers awake at night in New Zealand. Source: Manawatu Standard, July 25, 2014.



July 16, 2014 USDA Researchers Identify Stink Bug Attractant

USDA researchers have deciphered the chemical signals the brown marmorated stink bug uses to attract other stink bugs, opening the door to the development of new traps and pest control technologies. Source: USDA Agricultural Research Service, July 16, 2014.



June 9, 2014 Alarmed by new invader, Minn. ready to strike back at stink bug

Minnesota researchers will monitor the insect’s spread and try to identify a biological control for the bug. Source: StarTribune, June 9, 2014.



May 7, 2014 How to Trap Stink Bugs Video

This short video demonstrates a simple and effective technique to trap stink bugs at home using just an aluminum pan, soapy water, and a desk lamp. Source: Virginia Tech’s Vimeo Channel.



May 7, 2014 Citizen-Scientists Assisting on Stink Bug Project

Virginia Tech researchers have enlisted citizen-scientists to test a low-cost trap to catch stink bugs in houses. Source: PCT Online, May 7, 2014.



Overview

The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål), is a voracious eater that damages fruit, vegetable, and ornamental crops in North America. With funding from USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative, our team of more than 50 researchers is uncovering the pest’s secrets to find management solutions for growers, seeking strategies that will protect our food, our environment, and our farms.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

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