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Professor Clarissa Mathews and students at Shepherd University are looking for environmentally benign ways to prevent brown marmorated stink bugs from damaging organically grown crops. Source: Herald Mail Media, July 19, 2015.
July 13, 2015 Stink Bugs’ Tree Host Preferences May Provide Management Clues
Scientists from Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia have found that Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs prefer certain wild hosts, including tree of heaven, catalpa, yellowwood, paulownia, cherry, walnut, redbud, and grape. Source: Entomology Today, June 30, 2015.
July 13, 2015 Stink Bugs Have Strong Taste for Ripe Fruit
A new study shows that stink bugs have a strong preference for ripe fruit, and they track their favorite fruits throughout the growing season in an effort to maximize access to food. Source: Phys.org, June 29, 2015.
May 17, 2015 Graduate Student Collects Stink Bugs for Research
Virginia Tech graduate student John Aigner received an overwhelming response after tweeting to the public about stink bug breakouts. Source: Collegiate Times, February 17, 2015.
March 9, 2015 Is Biocontrol Beating the Bug?
Stink bug damage in mid-Atlantic orchards was less last year, restoring hope for the future of IPM. Source: Good Fruit Grower, March 8, 2015.
March 6, 2015 Stink Bug Challenges Organic Growers
Researchers are testing trap crops as a way to manage brown marmorated stink bug. Source: Good Fruit Grower, March 5, 2015.
January 9, 2015 Research on Stink Bugs Earns John Jay’s Tess Woerner Tobin National Science Honor
High school senior is named a semi-finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for work on the brown marmorated stink bug with Dr. George Hamilton of Rutgers University. Source: Bedford-Katonah Patch, January 9, 2015.
December 15, 2014 Poland Wants U.S. Apple Access
The brown marmorated stink bug could set back integrated pest management, and breeding of apples for insect and disease resistance is an important step forward. Source: Capital Press, December 2, 2014.
November 3, 2014 Controlling the Stinkers
Eastern fruit growers are working with research entomologists to recover their IPM systems using a new pheromone-baited trap. Source: Good Fruit Grower, November 3, 2014.
October 17, 2014 Stink Bugs Have Spread to 41 States; Can We Stop Them?
Parasitic wasps may be one solution to controlling the invaders’ march. Source: National Geographic, October 17, 2014.
September 21, 2014 Feds Start Second Annual Census of Invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
Tracking where the stink bug shows up at this time of year may help people prevent them in the future. Source: The Columbus Dispatch, September 21, 2014.
September 16, 2014 Help the USDA Count Stink Bugs in West Virginia
The USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station is looking for more “citizen scientists” to participate in its 2014 Great Stink Bug Count. Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting, September 16, 2014.
September 3, 2014 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Biology and Management Options Discussed in Open-access Journal Article
A new, open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management describes available management options for BMSB, as well as information about its origin and spread, its life stages and biology, and the types of damage it does to various host plants. Source: Entomology Today, September 3, 2014.
September 2, 2014 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Kudzu Bug and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Learn about two new invasive insects in this webinar presented by Dr. Michael Toews (Univ. of Georgia) and Dr. Tracy Leskey (USDA ARS). September 5 at 2:00 pm EDT.
August 21, 2014 Stink Bugs Wreak Havoc on Willamette Valley Crops
The brown marmorated stink bug is affecting peppers, peach, and pear crops near Portland, Oregon. Source: KGW.com, Aug 21, 2014.
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.
May 12, 2014 How to kill stink bugs like a wonk
A simple home-built stink bug trap is both cheaper and more effective than several store-bought traps. Source: The Washington Post, May 12, 2014.
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.
May 2, 2014 How a Pan, a Lamp and a Little Bit of Water Can Trap a Stink Bug
Robbie Harris of WVTF offers a new trap for these odorous pests: a low-tech solution thought up by Virginia Tech scientists, which can be made for just a couple of bucks. Source: NPR, May 2, 2014.
May 1, 2014 The Perfect Stink Bug Trap Is All Natural
Scientists at Virginia Tech have come up with a stink bug trap you can make yourself for a couple of bucks—and it works. Source: WVTF.org, May 1, 2014.
April 8, 2014 Stink bugs expand to 41 states, Europe; no winter kill-off
Stink bug infestations have spread to 41 states and Europe’s farm basket, having lived through the super-cold and snowy winter by making their own antifreeze. Source: Washington Examiner, April 8, 2014.
March 12, 2014 Sorry. Winter isn’t killing the stink bugs.
Winter’s freezing temperatures may not be enough to rid the Mid-Atlantic of these annoying and destructive pests. Source: Baltimore Sun, March 12, 2014.
March 4, 2014 Scientist SWAT team combats stink bug invasion
Washington State University is one of 10 institutions across the nation whose researchers are working to head off an invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug. Source: WSU News, March 4, 2014.
March 3, 2014 Winter’s freeze stopped ash borers and stink bugs cold, but they’re primed for a comeback
Researchers monitor the effect of cold weather on destructive pests. Source: The Washington Post, March 3, 2014.
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