Temperature Affects Stink Bugs More than Any Other Factors

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By Richard Levine Many things can affect the size and range of insect populations, including the climate, the availability of food sources, and the absence or presence of predators. But when it comes to certain stink bugs, researchers have found that temperature is the most important factor affecting regional distribution and abundance. By using complex […]

Natural Born Stink Bug Killer Found in Washington State

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Since 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been directing studies of a tiny Asian wasp called Trissolcus japonicus. These wasps are parasitoids of the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), which has caused millions of dollars in damage to fruit orchards since it was discovered in the U.S. less than two decades ago. Researchers […]

Research on Stink Bug Damage to Sweet Corn May Help Growers Manage Them

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Cooperative Extension agents and researchers at the University of Delaware are taking a closer look at how brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys) are causing damage to developing ears of sweet corn, the results of which could lead to better pest management strategies for growers throughout the state. Their findings were recently published in the […]

Stink Bugs’ Tree Host Preferences May Provide Management Clues

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By Kevin Fitzgerald Since its discovery in Pennsylvania in 1998, the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), an invasive species native to eastern Asia, has swept into most U.S. states, parts of Canada, and several European countries. The creature feasts on a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, soybeans, and ornamental plants. New research published in […]

Stink Bugs as Biocontrol Agents Against … Stink Bugs

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By Chris Patrick Imagine combating stink bugs with … stink bugs. Halyomorpha halys, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), is a notorious, non-native agricultural pest — an indiscriminate destroyer of fruits, vegetables, and other farm crops. Managing this pest with a biological control agent (a living organism) is especially important for organic farmers whose regulations […]

A visit to Ohio State University’s Department of Entomology

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By Richard Levine I’m in Columbus, Ohio for the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), and during some down-time was able to visit the Entomology Department at Ohio State University. I was a bit surprised to learn that a huge part of the department is actually located in Wooster, about 90 […]

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Biology and Management Options Discussed in Open-access Journal Article

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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. In North […]

Scientists Decipher Stink Bug Aggregation Pheromone

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Ever since the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) was first discovered in Allentown, Pennsylvania in the late 1990s, it has spread to more than 40 states and parts of Canada. It has devastated orchards, crops, and fields, and has become a terrible nuisance in gardens, backyards, and homes. It has an appetite for as […]

Stink Bug Rearing Technique Could Lead to Control Strategies

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Researchers at North Carolina A&T State University have found a successful rearing method for brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys), which could be used to develop a reliable supply of the bugs for research. Drs. Beatrice Dingha and Louis Jackai have developed a laboratory rearing method that has successfully produced five generations of brown marmorated […]

Entomologists Use Dogs to Hunt Down Stink Bugs

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Last year at Entomology 2013, the 60th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave a presentation called “Exploring Overwintering Ecology of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Using Detector Dogs.” Now they have published an article about this topic in the journal PLOS ONE. The brown marmorated stink […]