Invasion Of The Stink Bugs
Now through October 15 the USDA is asking gardeners, home owners, farmers and insect enthusiasts to help them track the brown marmorated stink bug, a homely little critter that has managed to find its way from its native Asia to our shores and is now eating its way across the U.S. The BMSB has done the most damage in the Mid Atlantic region of the country, but has been found in forty states and poses a threat to orchard crops, grapes, small fruits, ornamental crops and vegetables. Thanks to funding from USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative a group of over fifty researchers are studying the impact of the voracious BMSB and working to find management solutions for farmers, gardeners, and home owners. Scientists from WSU and OSU are among those working on the “Stop BMSB” project. While the study focus is primarily on the Mid Atlantic region, where the BMSB has caused millions of dollars in agricultural damage, project scientists would also like to know about sightings of the BMSB in other parts of the country. Visit www.stopbmsb.org to get information on how you can help to stop the invasion of the stink bugs.