Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Update

Brown Maramorated Stink Bug

Brown Maramorated Stink Bug
Photo: njaes.rutgers.edu

A brown marmorated stink bug on my window reminded me that this insect has not developed large populations in Indiana (yet). Areas of the US that reported extensive crop damage last year have noted fewer of the stink bugs this year. To better understand the distribution and overwintering habits of the stink bugs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station has been conducting a stink bug survey now in year 2. Several hundred people in 11 states inspect their property in the fall and report Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, whether they were on the East, West, North or South side of the house and environmental details such as color of the house and the vegetation type near the house. Urban and suburban houses have had lower counts than rural houses, which may reflect vegetation that supports the bug.

Surveys enlisting the public collect information that provide insights into behavior. For example, a color preference might be useful in developing better traps. Like any new pest, the clues to better management are familiarity with the pest biology and finding weaknesses where interventions can be effective.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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1 Response to Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Update

  1. Pingback: A Crash Course in BSMB….Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs | Absolute Pest Services – Pest Control

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