Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Latest U.S. Pest!

Western Farm Press.  16 December 2010. The dirty dozen have become the stinking 13 with the latest invasive pest alert by USDA-APHIS and university entomologists across the U.S. for growers to be on the lookout for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).

BMSB joins Asian citrus psyllid, Asian longhorned beetle, citrus greening, emerald ash borer, European grapevine moth, European gypsy moth, false codling moth, light brown apple moth, Mediterranean fruit fly, Mexican fruit fly, Oriental fruit fly, and sudden oak death and dangerous invasive pests.

BMSB has been found in 29 states. It has become established in northwest Oregon and has been found in Vancouver, Wash. One was picked up five years ago in a storage facility in Vallejo, Calif., where a family from Pennsylvania recently relocated. It was also found two years ago in air freight at a Southern California airport.

Eastern Pennsylvania is where it was first collected in the U.S. in September 1998. It was believed to have reached the U.S. on a cargo ship from Asia.

Larry Hull, a Pennsylvania State University entomologist based at the Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, Penn., said even through it has since been found in parts of New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, the insect had not caused any significant damage to tree fruit crops until this past season. “Some growers in Maryland and northern Virginia had complained about damage from the insect in 2009,” Hull says. “But, 2010 was the first year when things really got out of hand.”  read more