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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.


 
May 27, 2014 BMSB Grower Survey

Got stink bugs? We are surveying growers to assess the impact of BMSB on crops and gather information that will help us defeat this pest. Receive a free Guide to Stink Bugs if you complete the 10-minute survey.



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.



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.



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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