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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.


 
July 16, 2013 Scientists publish on stink bug’s favorite plants, damage

Researchers unveil a list of 170 plants that the brown marmorated stink bug attacks, and web videos show how to monitor for infestations.



April 16, 2014 Chemical Control Guidelines for BMSB in Sweet Corn

NEW These recommendations for the mid-Atlantic U.S. are based on demonstrated efficacy in research trials. Source: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Working Group, April 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 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 To Fight Stink Bugs, Take a Closer Look at Their Spit

Scientists have developed a way to extract saliva from stink bugs and identify the proteins in it, paving the way for new pest control methods. Source: Futurity.org, February 26, 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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