Feeding sites on some crops (e.g., peaches, nectarines, apricot) may have gummosis extruding from the wound. In peaches, early feeding causes deformity and internal necrosis, and the appearance of damage may depend on the period of fruit maturity in which the damage occurred. Damage on cherries is characterized by a puncture on the surface, but internal damage has not been well studied.
There are two primary monitoring techniques: pheromone traps and beating tray samples. Unlike the sex pheromones of moth pests (which attracts males only), the pheromone of brown marmorated stink bug is an aggregation pheromone, which attracts males, females, and nymphs. The current most attractive pheromone is a two-part lure consisting of the aggregation pheromone (murgantiol) and a synergist, methyl decatrienoate (MDT), and is available from commercial pheromone vendors.
The lure can be deployed in a number of different trap styles, available from commercial vendors. The black pyramid trap is anchored on the ground with a jar on the top to house the lures and collect the insects. A killing agent (no-pest strip) will help retain the insects captured. This is considered a standard, proven technique, but rather expensive and cumbersome. Smaller traps, either staked to the ground or suspended in trees, may also catch brown marmorated stink bug, but generally catch fewer adults and nymphs. A simpler trap style, consisting of a clear sticky panel on a 4-foot wooden stake, is being tested, and may ultimately prove to be a more practical method even if captures are lower than in pyramid traps.
Beating trays are a traditional method of sampling for native stink bugs, and also work with brown marmorated stink bug. Sampling a favored host plant is recommended to find stink bugs. Because brown marmorated stink bugs may not enter traps (even though they are attracted to the vicinity) sampling plants close to a lure many enhance the chances of finding brown marmorated stink bug.
Brown marmorated stink bugs are also attracted to lights (including black lights), and this has been used for survey work. Use as a site-specific indicator of population pressure has not been implemented.
Brown marmorated stink bug is attacked by predators and parasitoids, with the egg stage being the best studied and likely the most vulnerable target. Generalist chewing or sucking predators may account for substantial amounts of egg mortality, although finding the predator responsible is not obvious; gut content analysis may be helpful in identifying which predators are most successful. The predators implicated to date in brown marmorated stink bug egg predation include green lacewings, predatory mirids, cockroaches, katydids, earwigs, and ants. Predation on nymphs and adults has been less studied, but several crabronid wasps have been noted using brown marmorated stink bug nymphs to provision their nests. Spiders may be a significant mortality factor for overwintering adults inside dwellings. Large predators such as preying mantids and reduviids (wheel bugs) have been observed feeding on nymphs and adults. Carabid beetles, predatory stink bugs, and jumping spiders have been observed feeding on first instar nymphs on the egg mass.
Egg parasitoids are also a major potential source of biological control of brown marmorated stink bug. Unfortunately, the native US parasitoids (including wasps in the genera Telenomus, Trissolcus, Ooencyrtus and Anastatus) are not very successful in reproducing on brown marmorated stink bug eggs. They may, however, kill a number of eggs by ovipositing in them, even if the wasp fails to develop. Host feeding on the eggs by the female wasp may kill additional individuals; however, this is generally considered a ‘dead end’ for the parasitoid. Some successful emergence has been recorded, and the native species many eventually adapt to brown marmorated stink bug as a host. Anastatus reduvii is one of the most successful native egg parasitoid species for brown marmorated stinkbug in the PNW.
In contrast, egg parasitoids from brown marmorated stink bug’s native range in Asia are much better adapted, and thus more successful in attacking and reproducing on brown marmorated stink bug eggs. An exotic parasitoid, Trissolcus japonicus (the samurai wasp) has very high rate of parasitism of brown marmorated stink bug, and is considered the most promising candidate for importing into the US in a classical biological control program. Although several species of Asian parasitoids were imported in the late 2000s, they are still in quarantine awaiting approval for release. In the meantime, adventive populations (accidental introductions) have been found in the US, including several states in the mid-Atlantic area (Virginia to New York) . On the west coast, populations have been found in Washington (Milnes et al., 2016) and Oregon, thus this parasitoid appears to be on its way to widespread establishment. Release of reared or captured samurai wasps within state boundaries is ongoing in several regions, and will help facilitate spread.
There is less information on parasitoids of brown marmorated stink bug adults and nymphs, but so far only tachinid flies (some of which are known stink bug adult parasitoids) have been recorded to attack and emerge from brown marmorated stink bug, but instances are relatively rare.
Most of the management recommendations on tree fruits originated from work done in the eastern US, where brown marmorated stink bug has been established longer. While homeowners in Washington have noted damage to backyard fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals, the only damage to commercial orchards has been to farms in the greater Vancouver, WA area. Adult brown marmorated stink bug have been detected in vineyards in the Walla Walla area, but no damage has been reported. At this point, commercial growers in eastern Washington are advised to be vigilant for brown marmorated stink bug, but not to apply prophylactic sprays.
In the eastern US, brown marmorated stink bug is notorious for both causing high levels of crop damage in certain years, and disrupting ongoing IPM programs. The influx of adults from May through September has provoked a cover spray program to prevent damage, resulting in outbreaks of secondary pests (Leskey et al., 2012). While severe crop losses have been reported since 2010, the insect pressure is not uniformly high in all areas or years. Brown marmorated stink bug is a landscape-level pest, moving from crop to crop to fulfill its nutritional needs. It is also considered a border pest as it invades orchard edges from nearby crops and wooded areas. Several current management strategies utilize this behavior by focusing efforts on the crop perimeter.
The potential for disruption of Washington’s IPM programs in pome fruit is severe if brown marmorated stink bug establishes at levels similar to the mid-Atlantic states. The majority of the insecticides recommended for control of brown marmorated stink bug are pyrethroids, although a few other groups (neonicotinyls and carbamates) also have active ingredients that are effective (Bergh et al., 2016). Tactics being investigated to reduce the non-target impact of insecticides include border applications to reduce total amounts of pesticides applied (Blaauw et al., 2015), attract-and-kill strategies (Morrison et al., 2016), and exclusion using net barriers. (Marshall and Beers, 2016). Establishing biological control (such as the samurai wasp) in urban areas may prevent build-up and spread to agricultural areas.
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