Monitoring and trapping of BMSB could form the basis of a cost-effective and safe control program. Yet mass trapping of BMSB has not yet been shown to be an effective control. Trapping can, however, indicate presence of BMSB and need for intervention.
An attract-and-kill strategy for BMSB would involve luring large numbers of the insects to a specific area, and then treating that area.
Researchers are seeking to understand BMSB and its natural enemies, including a group of tiny parasitic wasps that attack BMSB eggs and a naturally occuring fungus that targets stink bugs. A specialized team of researchers from our group is exploring methods of biological control for BMSB.
Researchers associated with this project have created resources targeted at organic farmers.
Project researchers are working to identify insecticides that effectively control BMSB, so that growers can select materials based on their economic and environmental impacts.