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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Combating USDA’s Top-ranked Invasive Insect

By Dennis O’Brien
January 7, 2013

First detected in the United States a decade ago, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is now in at least 39 states, is wreaking havoc in homes and gardens, and is a major economic threat to orchard fruits, garden vegetables and row crops. It’s no wonder the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ranks this pest as its top “invasive insect of interest.”

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Research is paving the way for eventual BMSB control

From Southeast Farm Press

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is wreaking havoc in U.S. homes, gardens, and agricultural operations, causing personal and economic woe.

Agricultural Research Service scientists are exploring various aspects of monitoring and control of this increasingly important insect pest, which is an invasive Asian species known as a sporadic pest of many tree fruit crops in China, Korea, and Japan.

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Texans should be on lookout for a new pest

With the holiday season gearing up, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists are urging travelers to be wary of a new species of unwelcome six-legged hitchhikers itching to become full-time Texans.

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