BMSB in the News
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.