Biological Control to Manage Stink Bugs
“Biological control” is a way of managing pests by using natural predators. In this blog, we’ve written about how some wasps parasitize caterpillars by laying eggs inside them, and how scientists in California are using wasps to control insects attacking citrus trees.
We’ve also written about scientists using insects to control invasive plant species, and about research being done to see if certain flies can be used to reduce fire ant populations.
Now scientists are trying to find out if it’s possible to use biological contol to stop the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).
In the following video, scientists explain the collaborative work they are doing to find possible predators that can be used as biological control agents to stop this pest:
This video is the tenth in a series of videos on the BMSB.
For more videos, and for more information, visit www.StopBMSB.org.