Monitoring Tools

Black pyramid traps are used in conjunction with testing of BMSB attractant, odor #10. Photo by B. Butler

The Challenge

Project researchers are monitoring the presence, abundance, and seasonal activity of BMSB to assess when and where control measures may be needed. This approach could form the basis of a cost-effective and safe control program for growers. However, BMSB is not easily lured into traps even when significant populations seem to be present.

Research Response

Pheromones and lights are two types of lures being studied to attract BMSB into traps, so that growers can monitor the pest’s presence, abundance, and activity.

  • Pheromone lures: In 2012, researchers  conducted trials of a pheromone known as “odor #10,” which in preliminary studies reliably lured BMSB into traps in the field.
  • Lights: Preliminary studies show that stink bugs are attracted to white, blue, and black light. In 2012 researchers studied which spectrum of those lights does the best job of attracting BMSB into traps, protecting nearby orchards.

Updates, Findings, and Related Resources

June 19, 2018 BMSB Management Survey for Commercial Producers

Participate in a nationwide survey to gather information from farmers and growers on the economic impact of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) on agriculture.

December 15, 2015 Vegetables

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.

October 16, 2012 Scientists Draw Maps to Stop Stink Bug Pirates

An integrated pest management program running since the 1980s has led to fresh insights about a new invader. Scientists are deploying maps to aid the fight.

July 26, 2012 Researchers Discover the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug's Winter Hideout

New insights into the invasive pest’s behavior could help growers protect farms located near woodlands.

May 21, 2012 Milburn Orchards Using Lights to Fight Stink Bugs This Summer

Nathan Milburn is hoping to shed some light on the damage stink bugs are doing to crops all over Cecil County, DE. Source: Newark Post Online, May 21, 2012.