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Stink bug experts gather in Pennsylvania to address growing problem
Date:3/2/2011

Suddenly they are everywhere. These foul-smelling bugs, originally from Asia, were first detected in Pennsylvania in the late 1990's. Now they are damaging fruits and vegetables and invading homes in many parts of the United States.

State, Federal, University, and industry entomologists from the eastern U.S. and Canada will converge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, March 18-21, 2011, to discuss the brown marmorated stink bug plague during the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America's Eastern Branch during a symposium called "The Plague of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug."

Dr. Tracy Leskey, symposium co-organizer and research entomologist at the USDA Appalachian Fruit Station, notes that this invasive stink bug is very unique because it has become a serious year-round pest. Throughout the growing season, it attacks a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. In the fall and winter, homeowners and businesses are invaded as the bugs seek shelter from the cold. Currently, the brown marmorated stink bug has been officially detected in 33 states and the District of Columbia. During the symposium, researchers and industry professionals will discuss the stink bug's detection and spread in the U.S., its damage to orchards, wine grapes, vegetables and other crops, as well as strategies being developed to control it, including the use of parasitic wasps.

Stink bugs are just the beginning of the emerging pest problems that will be discussed at this meeting. Other destructive insect menaces looming on the horizon are Asian and lesser cedar longhorned beetles, the emerald ash borer, and the Japanese maple scale. Other meeting symposia include:

  • "IDEP: New Pests and New Information on Possible Foes"
  • "Teaching Entomology at Various Educational Levels: Perspectives, Techniques, and Challenges"
  • "Pesticides and Pollinators"
  • "Insects on Woody Plants"
  • "Student Symposium: Tools of the Trade"

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Contact: Faith Kuehn
Faith.Kuehn@state.de.us
302-698-4587
Entomological Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

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