BMSB in the News
Parasitic wasps may be one solution to controlling the invaders’ march. Source: National Geographic, October 17, 2014.
October 6, 2014 Master Gardener: Marmorated stink bug threatens 100 plant species
The brown marmorated stink bug uses more than 100 different plant species for food, including many fruits, vegetables, field crops and landscape ornamentals. Source: The Daily News Online, October 6, 2014.
September 21, 2014 Feds Start Second Annual Census of Invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
Tracking where the stink bug shows up at this time of year may help people prevent them in the future. Source: The Columbus Dispatch, September 21, 2014.
September 16, 2014 Help the USDA Count Stink Bugs in West Virginia
The USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station is looking for more “citizen scientists” to participate in its 2014 Great Stink Bug Count. Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting, September 16, 2014.
September 3, 2014 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Biology and Management Options Discussed in Open-access Journal Article
A new, open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management describes available management options for BMSB, as well as information about its origin and spread, its life stages and biology, and the types of damage it does to various host plants. Source: Entomology Today, September 3, 2014.
September 2, 2014 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Kudzu Bug and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Learn about two new invasive insects in this webinar presented by Dr. Michael Toews (Univ. of Georgia) and Dr. Tracy Leskey (USDA ARS). September 5 at 2:00 pm EDT.
August 26, 2014 Photo Slices Provide Detailed Images of Tiny Wasps for Biocontrol Efforts
Using specialized digital photography methods, USDA scientists are providing valuable taxonomic support to researchers examining Asian Trissolcus species for potential use against BMSB. Source: Entomology Today, Aug 26, 2014.
August 21, 2014 Stink Bugs Wreak Havoc on Willamette Valley Crops
The brown marmorated stink bug is affecting peppers, peach, and pear crops near Portland, Oregon. Source: KGW.com, Aug 21, 2014.
July 25, 2014 Kicking up a stink over another unwanted pest
The brown marmorated stink bug is keeping biosecurity managers awake at night in New Zealand. Source: Manawatu Standard, July 25, 2014.
July 16, 2014 USDA Researchers Identify Stink Bug Attractant
USDA researchers have deciphered the chemical signals the brown marmorated stink bug uses to attract other stink bugs, opening the door to the development of new traps and pest control technologies. Source: USDA Agricultural Research Service, July 16, 2014.
June 9, 2014 Alarmed by new invader, Minn. ready to strike back at stink bug
Minnesota researchers will monitor the insect’s spread and try to identify a biological control for the bug. Source: StarTribune, June 9, 2014.
May 12, 2014 How to kill stink bugs like a wonk
A simple home-built stink bug trap is both cheaper and more effective than several store-bought traps. Source: The Washington Post, May 12, 2014.
May 7, 2014 How to Trap Stink Bugs Video
This short video demonstrates a simple and effective technique to trap stink bugs at home using just an aluminum pan, soapy water, and a desk lamp. Source: Virginia Tech’s Vimeo Channel.
May 7, 2014 Citizen-Scientists Assisting on Stink Bug Project
Virginia Tech researchers have enlisted citizen-scientists to test a low-cost trap to catch stink bugs in houses. Source: PCT Online, May 7, 2014.
May 2, 2014 How a Pan, a Lamp and a Little Bit of Water Can Trap a Stink Bug
Robbie Harris of WVTF offers a new trap for these odorous pests: a low-tech solution thought up by Virginia Tech scientists, which can be made for just a couple of bucks. Source: NPR, May 2, 2014.
May 1, 2014 The Perfect Stink Bug Trap Is All Natural
Scientists at Virginia Tech have come up with a stink bug trap you can make yourself for a couple of bucks—and it works. Source: WVTF.org, May 1, 2014.
April 8, 2014 Stink bugs expand to 41 states, Europe; no winter kill-off
Stink bug infestations have spread to 41 states and Europe’s farm basket, having lived through the super-cold and snowy winter by making their own antifreeze. Source: Washington Examiner, April 8, 2014.
March 12, 2014 Sorry. Winter isn’t killing the stink bugs.
Winter’s freezing temperatures may not be enough to rid the Mid-Atlantic of these annoying and destructive pests. Source: Baltimore Sun, March 12, 2014.
March 4, 2014 Scientist SWAT team combats stink bug invasion
Washington State University is one of 10 institutions across the nation whose researchers are working to head off an invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug. Source: WSU News, March 4, 2014.
March 3, 2014 Winter’s freeze stopped ash borers and stink bugs cold, but they’re primed for a comeback
Researchers monitor the effect of cold weather on destructive pests. Source: The Washington Post, March 3, 2014.
February 27, 2014 Extreme Cold Possible Threat to Stink Bugs
Extreme winter temperatures may knock them back a bit, but temperature alone is not the only factor determining stink bug survival. Source: Newsworks.org, February 27, 2014.
February 26, 2014 To Fight Stink Bugs, Take a Closer Look at Their Spit
Scientists have developed a way to extract saliva from stink bugs and identify the proteins in it, paving the way for new pest control methods. Source: Futurity.org, February 26, 2014.
February 26, 2014 Polar Vortex Probably Won’t Keep the Stink Bugs at Bay, Rutgers Expert Says
The brutal winter cold and snow this year probably won’t decrease the stink bug population much in New Jersey. Source: Planet Princeton, February 26, 2014.
February 10, 2014 How to Spot a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
One of the challenges of controlling the brown marmorated stink bug is that it looks a lot like other kinds of stink bugs. Source: Yakima Herald, February 9, 2014.
January 7, 2014 Dealing with the Stink Bug
Greg Martin takes a look at the current status of the pest with Nik Wiman (Oregon State University). Source: Fruit Grower Report, January 7, 2014.
December 25, 2013 Taking on the Menacing Stink Bug
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has been causing trouble for homeowners and farmers from New Hampshire to California for three years. NPR’s Alan Yu reports there may be a solution. Source: Here & Now, December 25, 2013
December 17, 2013 From 'Death Jars' to Wasps: A quest to stamp out the stink bug
From coast to coast, the invasive insect is costing U.S. farmers millions in crop damage, and it has become a smelly nuisance for homeowners. Source: NPR, December 17, 2013
November 27, 2013 Wanted Dead or Alive (No, Just Dead)
Observing stink bug predators in the garden could lead to better biological control of BMSB. Source: The New York Times, November 27, 2013
November 14, 2013 Spread of Asian stink bug threatens U.S. crops
The invasive stink bug continues to spread across the United States, alarming both farmers and scientists. Source: Voice of America News, November 13, 2013.
September 25, 2013 ‘Superpests’ swarming across America
Brown marmorated stink bugs are trouble for farmers, but lately the bugs have branched out. Source: FoxNews.com, September 25, 2013.
September 25, 2013 Stink bugs threaten Pacific Northwest crops
A destructive stink bug is invading the Pacific Northwest and could cause billions of dollars in damage to crops (video report). Source: KGW Portland, September 25, 2013.
September 19, 2013 Large number of marmorated stink bugs found in California capital
A well-established population of brown marmorated stink bugs is found in a Sacramento neighborhood. Source: The Grower, September 18, 2013.
September 10, 2013 Stink bug invasion
North Carolina researchers are concerned about the growing number of invasive stink bugs (video report). Source: ABC 13 WLOS, September 10, 2013.
August 27, 2013 Stink bug study: Residents sought to help
Researchers seek citizen scientists to count stink bugs on houses in September and October. Source: ABC7/WJLA, August 27, 2013. Download participant form.
August 23, 2013 Non-native stink bugs could hurt agriculture
The arrival of stink bugs from the East could mean trouble for Southern Oregon orchardists, vintners. Source: Mail Tribune, August 23, 2013.
August 21, 2013 You can help scientists study stink bugs
Researchers are asking the public to help them figure out why stink bugs choose some houses over others. Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting, August 21, 2013. Download participant form.
July 1, 2013 New bugs in Florida stymie researchers, threaten crops
New invasive species, such as the brown marmorated stink bug, are being studied at the biosecurity lab at the University of Florida. Source: NPR News, June 26, 2013
May 26, 2013 Scientists wage war on pervasive stink bugs
Entomologists are zeroing in on stink bugs, unlocking the mysteries of their behaviors, DNA and even scent. Source: The Washington Post, May 26, 2013
May 7, 2013 Environmental outlook: stink bugs
The Diane Rehm Show takes a look at the biology and ecology of stink bugs and efforts to control their invasion. Source: The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU, May 7, 2013
May 6, 2013 Researchers study unleashing wasp to crush stink bug invasion
Researchers at Oregon State University are trying to make sure the brown marmorated stink bug doesn't overtake Oregon farmlands. Source: KATU.com, May 6, 2013
April 29, 2013 Stink bugs: the scientific battle against an insect invasion
Could a tiny wasp be the ultimate weapon in the battle against the foreign bug invasion? Source: BBC News, April 25, 2013
April 16, 2013 Stink bugs spread to 39 states, pest population soars 60 percent
While the invasive Asian stink bug continues to spread, Italian stink bugs were spotted hitching a ride in a load of ceramic tile. Source: Washington Examiner, April 16, 2013
April 8, 2013 Spring blooms, and so do the creepy crawlies
USDA entomologist Tracy Leskey discusses brown marmorated stink bugs and the efforts to stop them. Michael Raupp has the story of a big brood of cicadas that is set to emerge up and down the East Coast. Source: NPR, All Things Considered, April 6, 2013.
March 1, 2013 Stinkbug threat has farmers worried
Asian stinkbugs devour American crops, but are predator wasps the answer? Source: National Geographic, March 1, 2013
February 25, 2013 Thawing and freezing: will the winter's volatile weather kill off the stink bugs?
Were stink bugs caught off guard by the the January thaw followed by cold temperatures and snow this year? Source: Washington Post, February 25, 2013
January 30, 2013 Will 2013 be the year of the stink bug?
Farmers across the nation are being warned that stink bug populations could explode in 2013 after a slight reprieve in 2012. Source: Ag Professional, January 30, 2013
January 25, 2013 Stink bug threatens integrated pest management plans, researchers say
Scientists want growers to watch for the brown marmorated stink bug this summer which they say could devastate biological pest management in Central Washington tree fruit. Source: Capital Press, January 25, 2013.
January 22, 2013 Stink bug's resurfacing may squash farmers' hopes for a strong 2013
Crop producers received a reprieve from the bugs in 2012, but the insects may be coming back and with a greater spread of attack. Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting, January 18, 2013
January 4, 2013 After reprieve last year, stink bugs could mount a comeback this spring
Experts caution that the brown marmorated stink bug will likely make a reappearance in the Washington D.C. area this year. Source: Washington Post, January 4, 2013
January 2, 2013 Stink bug population will bounce back in 2013
The invasive insects from Asia are poised to come back with a vengeance in 2013. Source: American University Radio (wamu.org), January 2, 2013