Integrated Pest Managment Techniques can Help Control the Bagrada Bug
The Bagrada bug, an invasive stink bug, was discovered in the western hemisphere in 2008 near Los Angeles, CA, presumably introduced via container shipments arriving at the Port of Long Beach. Since then it has spread throughout southern California, southern areas of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, southern and west‐central New Mexico, and western Texas.
In an article in the latest issue of the Journal of Integrated Pest Managment called “Bagrada hilaris (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), An Invasive Stink Bug Attacking Cole Crops in the Southwestern United States,” the authors discuss the host plants that the Bagrada bugs feed on, and the times of the year when their populations are likely to peak. The artice also provides information on the insect’s biology and host range in the United States that will facilitate the development of Integrated Pest Management strategies.
This article, like all articles in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, is open-access and peer-reviewed, and farmers, growers and anyone else interested in Integrated Pest Management are invited to download it for free.
The Journal of Integrated Pest Management is published by the Entomological Society of America, the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 6,500 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, and hobbyists. For more information, visit http://www.entsoc.org.
Very good article. Hopefully the advancements in pest control management can help prevent pest problems.
It’s quite astonishing how insects can be transmitted through port entries, especially because in these environment they can survive. Sometimes we don’t expect their propagation can turn out to be harmful. I think this will really push pest control services to up their ante to further protect humans.