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.
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 new guidance document for vegetable growers provides a synopsis of what researchers have learned so far and management recommendations using an integrated approach. Available in English and Spanish.
September 29, 2014 From Asia: Sustainable Insights into Stink Bugs
A collection of articles originally published in Asia yields a bounty of insights into the brown marmorated stink bug.
April 16, 2014 Chemical Control Guidelines for BMSB in Sweet Corn
These recommendations for the mid-Atlantic are based on demonstrated efficacy in research trials. Source: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Working Group, April 2014.
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