New webpage to focus on organic management of brown marmorated stink bugs
The new site will report about ongoing efforts to develop organic management plans for this new invasive pest.
The Organic Pest Management Laboratory at Michigan State University has initiated a new webpage focusing on the organic management of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys). This pest has only recently been detected in Michigan but has been causing serious crop losses in fruit, vegetable, field, and ornamental crops in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. It has also become a serious nuisance pest in these states due to its tendency to invade homes and other buildings in the fall.
The new web is titled Organic Management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and can be accessed via www.bmsb.opm.msu.edu. The major objectives of the site are to provide organic growers across the nation with access to information on the bug and its management, regional contacts, as well as a forum for organic growers to compare notes on how they are trying to manage this serious new pest. The website is maintained by Dr. Matt Grieshop and Dr. Anne Nielsen, both of the MSU Department of Entomology.