Tracking the brown marmorated stink bug shows growers and others how to identify bmsb why this pest is important in agriculture and what s at stake if we don t stop it. Luckily they don t harm humans and don t breed indoors.
However they have become more than a little bit irritating to people in the agricultural areas of the eastern united states much like squash bugs and boxelder bugs.
How did stink bugs get to the united states. In japan and now in the united states these pests feed on soybeans and fruit crops. The brown marmorated stink bug is native to japan china south korea and taiwan. However many believe that it too would become an invasive species with no known predators as the brown marmorated stink bug did.
It is believed to have hitched a ride as a stowaway in packing crates or on various types of machinery. How did stink bugs spread so quickly. Where did stink bugs come from in the first place.
The brown marmorated stink bug was accidentally introduced into the united states from china or japan. The species is native to asia and was introduced into the united states in the mid 1990s possibly stowing away in a shipping container. The brown marmorated stink bug has been a problem since it arrived in the united states from asia in 1996.
They arrived aboard cargo ships. When stink bugs seek shelter they often end up in cars and other vehicles. Stink bugs typically attack apples peaches figs mulberries citrus fruits corn tomatoes green peppers and persimmons as well as ornamental plants.
It is believed that this one entered the us accidentally in. Since then the stink bug has migrated to most of the country. Also includes new videos to address recent developments in monitoring trapping management and biological control.
And while other states such as nevada and maryland are reporting major problems with the invading insects this year locals seem to be having fewer problems with stink bugs. Stink bugs are native to the united states but one species the brown marmorated stink bug is native to china taiwan japan and korea. The brown marmorated stink bug halyomorpha halys is an invasive pest that is present throughout much of the united states.
Bmsbs are long known in china japan and adjacent countries but have hitchhiked by some manner to the united states. They were first discovered in the united states in northern pennsylvania in 1998. Although simply a nuisance pest for homeowners stink bugs have become a serious problem for the agricultural industry in the united states due to the damage they cause to crops and plants.
This species is not currently found in the united states but is under study for introduction. Their encore appearance was.