Stinkbugs: Threat or Menace?
April 29, 2011 9:47 AM Subscribe
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The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
) is an invasive insect introduced from China
and first spotted in the United States in 1998 in Allentown, PA.
Since then, stinkbug infestations have spread across the Mid Atlantic and Northeast
, causing crop damage
, especially to orchard crops
. Genetically modified Bt Cotton
has been especially hard hit, reducing yields below that of conventional cotton. Sustainably raised crops have also been affected, in particular no-till corn
Farmers and researchers are researching control methods, such as using trap crops
and natural predators
, such as parasitic wasps
. (Home gardeners can also use beneficial insects
to help control insect pests.) And, lest you think all stinkbugs are bad, the excellently named Giant strong-nosed stinkbug
is considered an important predator of soybean pests.