Specialty Crops at Risk to BMSB DamageSpecialty Crops at Risk to BMSB Damage

Our project team has classified crops according to their risk to BMSB damage. View this document to find out which specialty crops are at greatest risk.



A brown marmorated stink bug feeds on grapes.Grapes

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) may damage not only grape berries, but also grapevines. Insecticides control BMSB to a degree, but only when insects are caged on treated vines and only after several days. Researchers are seeking an effective control strategy.

BMSB brown rotted corking damage on an apple.Orchard Crops

BMSB feeds on orchard crops, including apple, hazelnut, peach, and pear. In recent research, scientists are trying to understand when and how BMSB damages orchard crops. They are also working to identify light and scent baits to attract insects into traps in orchards.

BMSB mass on the trunk of a woody tree.Ornamentals

BMSB feeds on common ornamental plants, including catalpa, paulownia, and tree of heaven. Researchers are studying ornamental plants adjacent to other types of land to determine which areas may be particularly at risk.

BMSB feeds on raspberry, damaging the fruit.Small Fruit

BMSB feeds on blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry. Research is underway to monitor BMSB, assess damage and develop control strategies for growers of small fruit.

BMSB nymphs and adults mass on an ear of corn.Vegetables

BMSB feeds on eggplant, lima beans, okra, pepper, snap beans, sweet corn, and tomatoes. Researchers are focusing on how and when BMSB may move between hosts and exploring whether traps can be used as monitoring tools in field crops.

Field crops may be at risk to BMSB damage.Field Crops

Researchers are monitoring BMSB’s effect on field crops as part of a project that is distinct from the specialty crops grant represented on this website. We provide links to this project, which may interest some specialty crop growers.