Attract and Kill

The Challenge

An attract-and-kill strategy for BMSB would involve luring large numbers of the insects to a specific area, and then treating that area. Such a program could reduce pesticide applications, save money, and minimize health and environmental risks. But mass trapping of BMSB has not yet been shown to be an effective or economical control.

Research Response

Project researchers are exploring BMSB lures as the basis of an effective monitoring strategy. When successful lures are identified and refined, they hope to build on these advances so that growers can collect and target large numbers of BMSB.