Behavioral and Landscape

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.

IPM-CPR (Integrated Pest Management Crop Perimeter Restructuring)

IPM-CPRThe brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has disrupted long-standing tree fruit IPM programs resulting in changing management practices to combat the threat posed by this invasive pest. Current management tools for BMSB rely on weekly, season-long applications of broad-spectrum insecticides that are costly, risk pest resistance, and may cause secondary pest outbreaks. The goal of IPM-CPR is to re-introduce common IPM practices (phenology based, reduce risk insecticide usage, mating disruption, and biological control) back into tree fruit management. The implementation of 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.

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Updates, Findings, and Related Resources

June 19, 2018 BMSB Management Survey for Commercial Producers

Participate in a nation-wide survey to gather information from farmers and growers on the economic impact of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) on agriculture.

January 8, 2018 New Ingredient Improves Pheromone Lure for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Researchers at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service have identified a chemical that enhances capture of the brown marmorated stink bug in pheromone traps when combined with other existing known attractants for the invasive pest. Source: Entomology Today, Jan. 8, 2018.