Skip to main content
ARS Home » Northeast Area » Newark, Delaware » Beneficial Insects Introduction Research Unit » Research » Publications at this Location » Publication #309554

Title: La punaise diabolique a la conquete de la France

item STREITO, JEAN-CLAUDE - Institut National De La Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
item ROSSI, JEAN-PIERRE - Institut National De La Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
item HAYE, TIM - Centre For Agriculture & Biosciences International (CABI)
item Hoelmer, Kim
item TASSUS, XAVIER - French Agency For Food, Environmental And Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)

Submitted to: Phytoma
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/13/2014
Publication Date: 10/1/2014
Citation: Streito, J., Rossi, J., Haye, T., Hoelmer, K.A., Tassus, X. 2014. La punaise diabolique a la conquete de la France. Phytoma. 677:26-29.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Halyomorpha halys is now present in France in Alsace and in several neighboring countries (Switzerland and Italy). The potential risk of invasion of H. halys throughout France is considered to be high. Through its natural dispersal, or with human assistance, this insect will likely colonize the majority of the country. It has the potent to inflict heavy losses in a wide range of agricultural crops, and control measures are currently limited to insecticide treatments that would counter current policies for reducing pesticide use. H. halys is also a nuisance to people in homes, restaurants and office buildings, and an increase in allergies is also foreseen. There is no practical or effective action that would be likely to stop new introductions, and eradication is not feasible with this pest. Several measures may help to reduce the impact of the invasion: (1) Educate the public and producers about the biology and impact of the pest; (2) monitor the invasion of H . halys into urban areas and agricultural production zones; (3) develop research programs for biological control and mass trapping with pheromones and other attractants; and (3) include this pest when developing integrated pest management programs. Coordination of research programs at the European level is recommended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of actions.