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 […]

Stink Bugs Lay Dark or Light Eggs, Depending on Amount of Light

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Female stink bugs lay eggs that are sometimes dark and sometimes light, depending on the amount of light on the surface of the egg-laying area. The newly discovered adaptation may explain why some stink bug species are able to deposit their eggs on top of leaves, as the darker-colored eggs are better protected from UV […]

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 […]

Green Alternatives May Control Stink Bugs and Help Monarch Butterflies

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Dr. Patricia Glynn Tillman, an entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Tifton, Georgia, has found a green alternative for controlling various stink bugs that attack crops, which may also help monarch butterflies. Many farmers currently control stink bugs with broad-spectrum insecticides, which can also harm beneficial insects — ones that pollinate crops or […]

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 […]

Stink Bug Traps in Gardens may Increase Damage to Tomatoes

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The invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is an important pest of fruits and vegetables. To counter them, some home gardeners use pheromone-baited traps that are designed to attract, trap, and kill them. However, new research from entomologists at the University of Maryland suggests that the traps may actually increase stink bug damage to […]

New Study May Aid Rearing of Stink Bugs for Biological Control

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Many people think of stink bugs as pests, especially as the brown marmorated stink bugs spreads throughout the U.S. However, certain stink bugs are beneficial, such as Podisus nigrispinus (Dallas), a predatory stink bug that is considered an important biological control agent for various insect pests of cotton, soybean, tomato, corn, kale, and other crops. […]

Stink Bugs Invading Homes Before Winter

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The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an invasive insect from Asia, was first collected in the U.S. in Allentown, PA in 1998. Since then it has spread to more than 40 states. The BMSB damages fruits and vegetables and costs farmers millions of dollars each year. They are also a nuisance for home owners in […]

Stink Bugs May be Good for Something After All

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By Richard Levine The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has been annoying homeowners and fruit and vegetable growers for years, ever since it made its way to North America from Asia in 1998, where it was fist spotted in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Since then it’s been spotted in at least 36 other states. Although they cause […]