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Research Project: Building Attract-and-Kill Systems for Management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Apple Orchards

Location: Invasive Insect Biocontrol & Behavior Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-22000-291-06-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 5, 2016
End Date: Oct 31, 2018

Objective:
Management of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) by using attract-and-kill strategy.

Approach:
This project will engage mid-Atlantic growers to build attract-and-kill systems for BMSB bug management in apple orchards and demonstrate the benefits of such an approach. Specifically, perimeter-row apple trees baited with the pheromone plus synergist will aggregate BMSB presence at precise locations in border areas. Then by applying insecticides to only those and adjacent trees, i.e., attract-and-kill sites, we will effectively manage BMSB while reducing or eliminating orchard-wide insecticide inputs against this invasive pest.