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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Great Stink Bug Count happening this month

Scientists at the USDA are conducting a second year of the “Great Stink Bug Count” and are seeking volunteers to help track the pest. They are trying to identify characteristics of houses that brown marmorated stink bugs look for when finding overwintering sites. Last year’s count had over 200 volunteers with 44 individuals who counted every day.

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