Chemical Controls

The Challenge

Pesticide Information and Programs

If you plan to use chemical controls for BMSB, be sure to comply with federal regulations and with state laws, which vary from state to state.

Cooperative Extension. For recommendations in your state, contact your local Cooperative Extension office. Use this state map to locate the office nearest you.

Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). Pesticide Safety Education coordinators, based at land grant universities in each state, provide objective information about pesticide safety and regulations.

State Pesticide Regulatory Agencies. The National Pesticide Information Center links to the agencies responsible for regulating pesticide use in each state.

IR-4 Program. To request regulatory approval for a product to control BMSB on a specific crop, contact the IR-4 program. Edith Lurvey serves as IR-4’s representative to the BMSB Working Group and can assist with initiating requests.

Specialty crop growers face tough choices about protecting their farms against brown marmorated stink bug. Some have sprayed aggressively to keep BMSB in check, despite uncertainty about which products effectively control it. But broad-spectrum sprays also kill beneficial insects that help to control pest populations, presenting a setback for growers who use integrated pest management to promote nature’s own checks and balances on their farms. In addition, the risk of pest resistance increases with greater use of chemical products.

Research Response

Project researchers are working to identify insecticides that effectively control BMSB. Their goal is to provide information that will help growers select materials based on their economic and environmental impacts, and then incorporate them into IPM programs for specific specialty crops.

Updates, Findings, and Related Resources

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.



July 3, 2012 Section 18 emergency exemption for brown marmorated stink bug

This article explains what a Section 18 Emergency Exemption is. Source: Penn State Extension, July 2012



June 27, 2012 Dinotefuran Section 18 Emergency Exemption registration in PA for BMSB control

In Pennsylvania, the insecticide active ingredient dinotefuran received a special Section 18 Emergency Exemption Registration from the EPA to help control BMSB on both pome and stone fruit. Source: Greg Krawczyk, Penn State Extension, June 2012



June 1, 2012 Management options for BMSB in Pennsylvania fruit orchards, 2012

The brown marmorated stink bug continues to dominate the list of potentially most damaging insect pests in Pennsylvania fruit orchards, dictating most insect pest management activities. Source: Penn State Extension



June 30, 2011 EPA approves two insecticides for control of invasive stink bug

The approval, known as an emergency exemption, applies to Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina and New Jersey. Source: EPA press release, June 2011



June 23, 2011 The brown marmorated stink bug challenges nursery growers

This pest has jumped from a residential nuisance to a grower problem. Researchers provide details about effects on ornamentals and chemical controls. Source: Nursery Management



Controlling pests: Brown marmorated stink bug

This general pest overview from EPA includes links to press releases on pesticide exemptions. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency