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.
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.
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. In short, the drawbacks of pesticide use against BMSB are clear, but efficient control methods are not yet clearly defined.
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
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