BMSB treatments are causing secondary flare-ups of San Jose scale

Insecticides used to treat brown marmorated stink bug are depleting predatory insects that control San Jose scale, say Pennsylvania State University extension specialists. San Jose scale is easy to prevent, and prevention is preferable to trying to treat it once it starts. It is also a dangerous pest to leave uncontrolled, as it can kill a tree in a season or two.

Read more at the PSU extension page on San Jose scale.

Great Stink Bug Count Draws to a Close as Research Indicates Safer Strategies to Fight BMSB

From September 15 through October 15 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station called upon citizens across the nation to log activity of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in the second annual Great Stink Bug Count. The USDA hopes to learn more about the location and volume of stink bug populations through the US, as well as collecting behavioral data such as which house color attracts the most BMSB. Scientists speculate that populations may be down due to severe temperatures last winter; with luck, the “stink bug census” will confirm this hypothesis.

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New JIPM Article on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is an invasive, herbivorous insect species that was accidentally introduced to the United States from Asia. First discovered in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1996, it has since been found in at least 40 states in the U.S. as well as Canada, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, and Lichtenstein.

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Brown marmorated stink bug found at damaging levels in Cleveland County N.C.

In Southeast Farm Press

by Dominic Reisig, North Carolina Extension Entomologist

For those accustomed to the rapid spread of kudzu bugs, the brown marmorated stink bug seems like a slowpoke.  This is an insect we’ve been talking and warning about for years.  Unfortunately it’s decided to make its debut in Cleveland County.

Here are some initial observations about it, predictions, and what should be done.

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Participants needed for survey to assess BMSB impact

From Growing Produce

The Northeastern IPM Center is encouraging growers to complete a 10-minute voluntary survey assessing the impact the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has had on their crops. Researchers are seeking a comprehensive assessment of BMSB damage to crops and its impact on growers.

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USDA needs the public’s help to track brown marmorated stink bugs

Calling all insect enthusiasts and frustrated gardeners!  USDA scientists need your help in documenting Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) in your home. Beginning September 15th through October 15th, we’re asking citizens across the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States to record daily counts of this pest on the exterior of their homes, along with their location and the time of each count. While USDA scientists are focusing on the Mid-Atlantic region, any data they can get from other U.S. regions would also be helpful to their research.

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New Bugs In Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops

NOTE: the description of the brown marmorated stink bug is of the nymph, not the adult.

From National Public Radio

With its pleasant climate, Florida has become home to more exotic and invasive species of plants and animals than any other state in the continental U.S. Some invasive species have been brought in deliberately, such as the Burmese python or the Cuban brown snail. But the majority of species are imported inadvertently as cargo.

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