Skip to comments.Stink bug spread worries growers across nation
Posted on 05/22/2011 3:10:09 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started.
The brown marmorated stink bug, a three-quarter-inch invader native to Asia, is believed to have been brought first to the Allentown, Pa., area in 1998. The bug began appearing in mid-Atlantic orchards in 2003-04 and exploded in number last year.
This spring, stink bugs have been seen in 33 states, including every one east of the Mississippi River and as far west as California, Oregon and Washington.
"All that we do know for certain is that a tremendously large population went into overwintering in fall 2010. So, if they survived, there could be a very large population emerging in the spring," said Tracy Leskey, a research entomologist at the U.S. Agriculture Department's Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville W.Va.
Growers in the mid-Atlantic region have reported the worst problems, and the apple industry appears hit hardest, with $37 million in damage to growers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, according to the U.S. Apple Association. That's about 18 percent of the Mid-Atlantic crop.
Mark Seetin, the association's director of regulatory and industry affairs, called it the worst threat to farmers he's see in his 40 years in agriculture.
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This bug is a threat to agriculture. Food prices are high enough as it is and this could make it even worse.
In other news the bug has been renamed “The Zero bug” and efforts are underway to get it listed as the national insect.
At least for now.
Just when it became rare to see Japanese beetles around here, stink bugs showed up.
These are a scourge in SW Va. — all over the inside and outside of our home. We have several jars around to catch them in. We actually do call them “Obama Bugs.”
Are these the bugs that look pretty much like a Japanese Beetle?
Is there a natural predator to them?
They make great gags for coworker pranks. Just sayin. LOL
Exactly the same except for the eyes.
China’s secret weapon??
The stink bug is repelled by the deodorant bug.
P&G says it has a Secret Deodorant Bug, but it’s only effective on females.
Dial Corp is working on a Right Guard deodorant bug, but it’s waiting for clearance from the NFL Player’s Union which swears they’ll strike if there isn’t a jock rot clause in the Right Guard contract.
This must be a different bug from the one I call a stink bug, because they have been around a lot longer than ‘98.
Could be. It’s native to China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.
I agree. This bug has been around for 70 years or more.
Did 0 and holder come up with a way to make a crisis out of them. GW causing
stink bugs to attack?
There is a wasp native to China called Trissolcus halyomorphae. I don’t know what the layman’s term for the wasp is. It’s a natural predator to this kind of stink bug. I think we ought to import a few.
I wish I could keep walking sticks around here.
No natural predators.
Only Monitor 4 spray, delivered in copious amounts by land, sea, and air, will effect them.
It is a neurotoxin.
It kills EVERYTHING in it’s path.
Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war
The key for gardeners is to recognize the infants and juveniles of the stink bug, which will cluster together for some time before they mature. They can be black & white or grey, or other colors, and they look nothing like the adults. They are easier to kill when very young.
Gardeners should look them up and recognize all stages, in order to protect the bounty.
IMO, they look like panel van next to a Volkswagen alongside the Japanese beetle. Their main talent in a residential as opposed to an agricultural setting is utter lack of evasive skill, they sit there quite docile waiting to be crushed.
They’re everywhere. arrrggggggggggghhhhhhh
I, for one, welcome our new stink bug masters. And if you need to know the names of those trying to exterminate you I can probably help with that. just saying....
Yep The ones around here are mostly green but have seen the grayish to browns around also.
We have HUNDREDS of these guys in our house. I counted more than 70 around the kitchen window one day. That’s 70 at a single counting. What’s up with Japan? Kudzu, Snakehead fish, Chestnut blight, Japanese beetles, and now this?
I have a garden in the south and this is the first I’ve heard of them. I live in Georgia.
Thanks, long but good video - I wondered why he did not tape the light to the outside bottom but it seems to work well the way he did it.
They have been around the south for many years. You are very lucky not to have them.
They must taste bad too because the chickens and ducks won’t even eat them.
Why? What could possibly go wrong? </s>
But sounds like they're working their way west, just like the jap beetle has.
The traps attract more to your garden. The only way I've seen them effective is where you can encircle your garden area by placing them several yards outside of it. They are yucky to clean, change, and keep up with.
I remember the green stink bug since I was a kid but not this one. Anything that would work in the midwest to eradicate both of these pests would be a good thing. In the east they have introduced a parasitic fly that feeds on the female but not before she's laid some eggs.
The U of MI has been working on a virus that will spread from adult to adult, but that was a few years back, and I haven't heard of anything since.
The only pesticide that really works are those in the neocontinoid class which have residual action, even after a rain, but it kills bees and wasps. I sprayed with Sevin, and it washed right off the next rain, used the max recommended by gardeners, and didn't seem to phase the pests.
Milky spore doesn't work well in the midwest.
One thing my neighbor used that might work on the stink bugs, too, is food grade diatomaceous earth, wet down the plants and sprinkle. It's gritty, and they don't like it. Don't know if it would be cost effective for a large growing operation or not.
I understand that the Democrats are going to offer the stink bug amnesty and instate college tuition.
Besides losing our massive edge in production and manufacturing this is but another stab in the back from China and the free traders and the USA second or third or fourthers that have influence in our government.
These critters represent a plague on us that those who like the Commies more than the USA have foisted upon us. My GOP Congressman that I once supported heavily has never opposed a free trade pact. Should that bother me? But it does.
These bugs are the devil. They get into everything.
I usually don’t see them in numbers until Sept. or so, then they arrive and do damage to my tomatoes on the vine. Nasty holes in the fruit that at first I thought were caused by birds.
we had stink bugs prior to 1998.
LOL! I am 70 and the stink bugs have been around all my life, unless they are talking about a different variety. I think our stink bugs are green.
In PA we started getting them 2 years ago and are now infested with them. Everything from gardens to cars in a garage are susceptible to their damage. They infested us from China and I will not forget that it was our corrupt politicians (not China) who were responsible.
The politicians got their lobbyist kickbacks just as Abramhoff and others got theirs. We paid the price.
I have a couple of pounds of the food grade Diatomacious earth and I plan to use it on these guys this summer. Have you actually used it?
I was surprised to see them in April, but I had lots of dead vegetation in my garden that could harbor them. Sprayed and killed lots of clusters of newly hatched.
"Nasty holes in the fruit that at first I thought were caused by birds."
The damage to tomatoes is much like a bullseye. They 'sting' the fruit and inject saliva-like substance that looks like it damages the flesh in rings.
On the farm we are acutely aware of stink bugs, as they will ruin immature cotton bolls in a heartbeat, and they can destroy soy beans too.
Same here. They cling to window screens in Indian Summer. When killed, they smell like acrid pine sap.
I was never like this until recently, but now I kill almost every bug I see. Mea culpa.
I am with you. These guys have been around for a long time. I remember them in the ‘60s. Maybe not the same variety but they were around!