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March 17, 2017 Scientists May Have Found a Way to Get Rid of Pesky Stink Bugs

Scientists are set to release a natural enemy to the crop-killing bugs this summer. Source: Rochester First, March 17, 2017.

March 16, 2017 The Battle of the Bugs: Wasps to Combat Upstate Stink Bugs

When brown marmorated stink bugs strike Rochester, New York, again this year, they will very likely meet their most formidable foe yet. Source: Democrat & Chronicle, March 16, 2017.

March 7, 2017 Stink Bug Killers: Scientists to Release Samurai Wasps

The discovery of Trissolcus japonicus in Ulster County is likely to speed approval for the rearing and release of wasps in New York state. Source: Poughkeepsie Journal, March 6, 2017.

February 21, 2017 New Project Targets BMSB – Sustainably

Specialty crop growers throughout the country will benefit from a new $3.7 million USDA grant won by North Carolina State University to find sustainable control options for the invasive brown marmorated stink bug. Source: Growing Produce, October 30, 2016.

May 31, 2016 Finally, Some Good News about Stink Bugs

You’ll likely notice fewer of those troublemaking, invasive stink bugs this year. Source: WTOP.com, May 26, 2016.

May 16, 2016 Meet the Stink Bug's Worst Nightmare

A wasp no bigger than a flea could be the best tool against brown marmorated stink bug. Source: Good Fruit Grower, March 10, 2016.

March 28, 2016 Native Predators May Be Having a Larger Impact than Expected on Invasive Stink Bug

Missing egg masses lead researchers to study native predators of the brown marmorated stink bug. Source: Entomology Today, March 25, 2016.

December 7, 2015 Stink Bug Continues Its Spread

Northwest growers should be on the lookout for brown marmorated stink bug. Source: Good Fruit Grower, December 7, 2015.

October 12, 2015 Stink Bugs: Attacking Orchards, Invading Harrison Homes

Red Delicious apples are their favorite food this fall; attics and walls are their favorite places to tuck in for the winter. Source: Harrison Patch, October 12, 2015.

September 21, 2015 Finally: Stink Bug Killer Discovered, and It's from Asia, Too

Federal scientists who for years have been searching for a natural killer of the brown marmorated stink bug accidentally imported from Asia have finally gotten a lucky break. Source: Washington Examiner, September 15, 2015.

August 26, 2015 Stink Bug Research Continues at University of Delaware

Researchers are taking a closer look at how brown marmorated stink bugs are causing damage to developing ears of sweet corn, and their findings could lead to better pest management strategies. Source: UDaily, August 25, 2015.

July 28, 2015 Stink Bugs Studied at Shepherd University

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.

February 27, 2014 Extreme Cold Possible Threat to Stink Bugs

Extreme winter temperatures may knock them back a bit, but temperature alone is not the only factor determining stink bug survival. Source: Newsworks.org, February 27, 2014.

February 26, 2014 Polar Vortex Probably Won’t Keep the Stink Bugs at Bay, Rutgers Expert Says

The brutal winter cold and snow this year probably won’t decrease the stink bug population much in New Jersey. Source: Planet Princeton, February 26, 2014.

February 10, 2014 How to Spot a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

One of the challenges of controlling the brown marmorated stink bug is that it looks a lot like other kinds of stink bugs. Source: Yakima Herald, February 10, 2014.

January 7, 2014 Dealing with the Stink Bug

Greg Martin takes a look at the current status of the pest with Nik Wiman (Oregon State University). Source: Fruit Grower Report, January 7, 2014.

December 25, 2013 Taking on the Menacing Stink Bug

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has been causing trouble for homeowners and farmers from New Hampshire to California for three years. NPR’s Alan Yu reports there may be a solution. Source: Here & Now, December 25, 2013

December 17, 2013 From "Death Jars" to Wasps: A Quest to Stamp Out the Stink Bug

From coast to coast, the invasive insect is costing U.S. farmers millions in crop damage, and it has become a smelly nuisance for homeowners. Source: NPR, December 17, 2013

November 27, 2013 Wanted Dead or Alive (No, Just Dead)

Observing stink bug predators in the garden could lead to better biological control of BMSB. Source: The New York Times, November 27, 2013

November 14, 2013 Spread of Asian stink bug threatens U.S. crops

The invasive stink bug continues to spread across the United States, alarming both farmers and scientists. Source: Voice of America News, November 13, 2013.

August 23, 2013 Non-native stink bugs could hurt agriculture

The arrival of stink bugs from the East could mean trouble for Southern Oregon orchardists, vintners. Source: Mail Tribune, August 23, 2013.

May 7, 2013 Environmental outlook: stink bugs

The Diane Rehm Show takes a look at the biology and ecology of stink bugs and efforts to control their invasion. Source: The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU, May 7, 2013

April 29, 2013 Stink bugs: the scientific battle against an insect invasion

Could a tiny wasp be the ultimate weapon in the battle against the foreign bug invasion? Source: BBC News, April 25, 2013

April 16, 2013 Stink bugs spread to 39 states, pest population soars 60 percent

While the invasive Asian stink bug continues to spread, Italian stink bugs were spotted hitching a ride in a load of ceramic tile. Source: Washington Examiner, April 16, 2013

April 8, 2013 Spring Blooms, and So Do the Creepy Crawlies

USDA entomologist Tracy Leskey discusses brown marmorated stink bugs and the efforts to stop them. Michael Raupp has the story of a big brood of cicadas that is set to emerge up and down the East Coast. Source: NPR, All Things Considered, April 6, 2013.

March 1, 2013 Stink bug threat has farmers worried

Asian stink bugs devour American crops, but are predator wasps the answer? Source: National Geographic, March 1, 2013

February 25, 2013 Thawing and freezing: will the winter's volatile weather kill off the stink bugs?

Were stink bugs caught off guard by the the January thaw followed by cold temperatures and snow this year? Source: Washington Post, February 25, 2013

January 30, 2013 Will 2013 be the year of the stink bug?

Farmers across the nation are being warned that stink bug populations could explode in 2013 after a slight reprieve in 2012. Source: Ag Professional, January 30, 2013

January 26, 2013 Stink Bug Threatens Integrated Pest Management Plans, Researchers Say

Scientists want growers to watch for the brown marmorated stink bug this summer, which they say could devastate biological pest management in Central Washington tree fruit. Source: Capital Press, January 26, 2013.

January 22, 2013 Stink bug's resurfacing may squash farmers' hopes for a strong 2013

Crop producers received a reprieve from the bugs in 2012, but the insects may be coming back and with a greater spread of attack. Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting, January 18, 2013

January 4, 2013 After reprieve last year, stink bugs could mount a comeback this spring

Experts caution that the brown marmorated stink bug will likely make a reappearance in the Washington D.C. area this year. Source: Washington Post, January 4, 2013

January 2, 2013 Stink bug population will bounce back in 2013

The invasive insects from Asia are poised to come back with a vengeance in 2013. Source: American University Radio (wamu.org), January 2, 2013

October 16, 2012 Scientists draw maps to stop stink bug pirates

An integrated pest management program running since the 1980s has led to fresh insights about a new invader. Scientists are deploying maps to aid the fight.

October 11, 2012 Stink bug story: hope and damage

A solution to the stink bug invasion remains elusive, but research brings hope for farmers and residents in Rappahannock County, Virginia. Source: Rappahannock News, October 11, 2012.

October 8, 2012 Stink bugs plot foul-smelling return

The odiferous insects are a nuisance to homeowners, but pose a bigger threat to agriculture. Source: USA Today, October 2012

October 8, 2012 Exploding bug population stinking up Maryland farms

Farmers in Maryland are smelling a resurgence in the area's stink bug population this year. Source: CBS DC, October 2012

October 5, 2012 Stink bugs return to Pittsburgh area

Stink bugs in Pennsylvania flee from crop fields and wood lots and look for a place to spend the winter. Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 2012

September 28, 2012 Dreaded stink bug found in Ontario

The stink bug has been spotted in Canada, presenting a new threat to Canadian agriculture. Tracy Leskey and Amy Stewart advise. Source: The Current, CBC Radio One, September 2012

September 25, 2012 It's time to raise a stink over US invasion by this bug

The invasive species sneaks into American homes this fall. Tracy Leskey advises. Source: MSNBC.MSN.com, September 25, 2012

September 18, 2012 Stink bugs move indoors for winter; search to stop them continues

Stink bugs are back, searching for a winter hideaway after spending the summer eating and continuing the species. George Hamilton advises. Source: Hunterdon Democrat (NJ), September, 2012

July 26, 2012 Researchers discover the brown marmorated stink bug’s winter hideout

New insights into the invasive pest's behavior could help growers protect farms located near woodlands.

July 26, 2012 SCRI Team Provides Training on Parasitoid Identification

Researchers teach workshop participants to recognize natural enemies of brown marmorated stink bug, part of the strategy to control the invasive insect.

July 17, 2012 OSU Seeks Grower Help in Finding Stink Bug

An Oregon State University entomologist at a blueberry field day asked farmers to keep an eye out for the brown marmorated stink bug and report findings. Source: Capital Press, July 2012

July 3, 2012 Where have all the stink bugs gone?

While stink bugs have disappeared in some Western Pennsylvania areas, they're still thriving in others. Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 2012

June 29, 2012 Webinar: Pest threat of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug to tomatoes

A brief summary of the biology and ecology of the insect, as well as information on its management in tomatoes and other vegetables. Source: Dr. Tom Kuhar via Plant Management Network, June 2012

June 18, 2012 Oregon State University Researchers Find Ag Pest Gaining Ground

The brown marmorated stink bug has turned up in the orchards of Hood River and the Rogue River Valley. Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting, June 2012

June 17, 2012 Really bugging us: Invasive insects threatening area’s trees, crops

The brown marmorated stink bug and the emerald ash borer are two invasive species that are threatening the Hudson Valley’s environment and economy. Source: Daily Freeman, June 2012

May 23, 2012 Milburn Orchards using lights to fight stink bugs this summer

Nathan Milburn is hoping to shed some light on the damage stink bugs are doing to crops all over Cecil County, Delaware. Source: Newark Post Online, May 2012

May 1, 2012 BMSB situation still stinks for NJ growers

The infamous brown marmorated stink bug that has cost growers throughout New Jersey millions of dollars in crop loss is back from overwintering. And this year, it’s early. Source: AmericanFarm.com

February 5, 2012 Storms May Have Killed Off Many Stink Bugs

Scientists aren’t sure if we’ll see fewer of them when warm weather returns. Source: Baltimore Sun, February 5, 2012.

January 9, 2012 Out of odor: Offensive-smelling bugs put U.S. farmers on the defensive

Source: Wall Street Journal, January 2012

October 18, 2011 Cornell researchers attack a stinker of a pest; iPhone users can help track the invader

The Northeastern IPM Center will lead national outreach and education, while Art Agnello '74, professor of entomology at the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY, will study the impact of BMSB as it colonizes new habitats. Source: Cornell Chronicle

September 17, 2011 Economic cost of stink bugs

Interview with IPM Working Group members. Source: C-SPAN, Sept. 2011

August 7, 2011 Invasive bugs making a bigger stink

Source: Washington Post, Aug. 2011

May 24, 2011 Stink bug invasion; Is a wasp the solution to save valued crops?

Source: PBS NewsHour, May 2011