Extent of BMSB Problem in Ornamentals

BMSB feeds on common ornamental plants. Plant pathogens carried by BMSB also may damage ornamentals. Ornamental plants adjacent to other types of land may be susceptible to BMSB feeding. BMSB populations observed in North Carolina showed a preference for large catalpa trees and to a lesser extent paulownia and tree of heaven. There, trees adjacent to orchards were affected, though not apple or peach.

Research Goals

Our research team is assessing the damaging effects of BMSB feeding on common ornamental plants. Adjacent land use also is being studied, since nearby land types may affect BMSB feeding patterns. Researchers are studying in production nurseries woody ornamental species and cultivars that may be resistant to BMSB, as well as BMSB preference for Asian and non-Asian host plants.

More Resources

July 16, 2013 Scientists Publish on Stink Bug's Favorite Plants, Damage

Researchers unveil a list of 170 plants that the brown marmorated stink bug attacks, and web videos show how to monitor for infestations.

May 14, 2013 Designing Stink Bugs Out of Landscapes

Researchers want to know whether the brown marmorated stink bug can be designed out of landscapes.

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 control. Source: Nursery Management, June 23, 2011.