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Tracking the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

This 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. Update: We created four new videos to address recent developments in monitoring, trapping, management, and biological control.

October 10, 2017 Keeping Stink Bugs Out of Your House, and Your Island Nation

Officials from New Zealand requested, in April, about twenty odd dead insect specimens preserved in bottles of hand sanitizer.

February 27, 2017 National March Madness Citizen Science Project to Find the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Representative elementary schools across the United States are receiving an invitation to participate in the March Madness Citizen Science Project to “Find Stinky the BMSB” – a new project to map the location and population density of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

February 8, 2018 Stakeholder Advisory Panel Meeting, January 2018

Download presentations from the BMSB Stakeholder Advisory Panel Meeting, held January 9, 2018.

February 1, 2018 IPM Crop Perimeter Restructuring

The implementation of IPM Crop Perimeter Restructuring (IPM-CPR) for the management of key tree fruit pests may be less costly, more sustainable, enhance biological control, and be just as effective as current standard management methods.

January 22, 2018 Annual Reports

The 2017 annual report for the project “Management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in US Specialty Crops” is available for download.

December 21, 2017 IPM Working Group and Areawide Stakeholder Meeting, November 2017

Download presentations from the BMSB IPM Working Group and Areawide Stakeholder Meeting, held November 29, 2017.

May 25, 2017 Who Are the Native Natural Enemies of BMSB?

The list of native natural enemies that attack brown marmorated stink bug includes other species of insects, spiders, and even some birds and mammals.

May 23, 2017 Trissolcus japonicus – the samurai wasp

A key natural enemy of brown marmorated stink bug is the egg parasitoid Trissolcus japonicus, also known as the “samurai wasp”. These stingerless warriors search for and destroy 60–90% of BMSB eggs in Asia.


The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål), is a voracious eater that damages fruit, vegetable, and nut 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 that will protect our food, our environment, and our farms.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug


USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative