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Research Project: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Surveillance Project: Trap Improvement and Lure Attractiveness

Location: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement, and Protection

Project Number: 8080-21000-024-51-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 1, 2016
End Date: Apr 30, 2019

The objectives of this research are to: 1) identify the most cost-effective trap for BMSB, 2) quantify the attractiveness of the best available commercial lure for BMSB, and 3) evaluate the combination of trap and lure for detection purposes.

In this study, we will compare the number of BMSB adults and nymphs captured on two trap types: 1) clear sticky card and 2) standard pyramid trap. Traps will be deployed at three sites in urban and rural areas with historically low and moderate/high population densities of BMSB. At each site, there will be four replicate transects with each transect containing one of the traps. Within a transect, each trap will be paired with one of four commercial lures. Two lures will be produced by Trece, while the other two will be produced by AgBio. Lures will be formulated with BMSB pheromone and pheromone synergist (MDT) at standard loadings used in monitoring traps in the USA (5 mg pheromone + 50 mg MDT) and a higher exclusion/detection loading (20 mg pheromone + 200 mg MDT). Traps will be checked weekly from approximately 1 April – 1 November, and the number of BMSB adults captured will be recorded. Other studies will include evaluation of the distance of attraction, lure interference, and linking captures in traps to reproduction population densities and presence. Based on the results of the experiments above, we will match the most effective trap type with the best lure.