Episode 20: Battling Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Here’s why you should care about the brown marmorated stink bug – it may be lurking in your attic right now, waiting to wreak havoc on the fruit trees in your yard or orchard. This insect pest has caused incredible damage to crops in various parts of North America and it’s quickly spreading around the continent. But the good news is that you can play a role in stopping it. In this episode, Susan speaks to entomologist Dr Tracy Leskey, Director of the Appalachian Fruit Research Station at Kearneysville, WV., whose research has focused on development of behaviorally-based management tools for invasive and native pests of fruit crops and she answers our questions on clamping down on brown marmorated stink bugs.

What you will learn about brown marmorated stink bugs in this show:

  •                What trees/crops do the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug typically feed on?
  •                How did the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug find its way to North America?
  •                What regions are the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs currently found in?
  •                How much fruit loss can be expected after an infestation?
  •                How does the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug feed on fruit?
  •                What physical changes do fruit trees experience after an infestation?
  •                What do Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs look like?
  •                Why is the species referred to as a “stink bug”?
  •                Are Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs harmful to people?
  •                What species of stink bug is beneficial to fruit tree growth?
  •                How long do Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs live for?
  •                How can you effectively treat infestations with insecticides?
  •                How can you avoid infestations using organic methods?
  •         What are parasitoids?

Female brown marmorated stink bugs wreck havoc on fruit trees and orchards.

After the show (first broadcast live on April 25, 2017) the conversation continues on this post on OrchardPeople.com’s facebook page. The host of the Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast is Susan Poizner of the fruit tree care education website www.orchardpeople.com and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards. You can listen to previous episodes of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast at www.orchardpeople.com/podcast and you can subscribe to the iTunes podcast.

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