The brown marmorated stink bug is a relatively new agricultural pest. It was accidentally introduced to Pennsylvania in the mid-1990s from Asia and can damage fruit and vegetable crops alike. Numbers of brown marmorated stink bugs have jumped considerably in recent years leading researchers to fast track work on how to combat them, especially for organic farmers.
Brown marmorated stink bugs belong to the family Pentatomidae which includes everything from other pests like the rice stink bug to beneficials such as the predatory soldier bug, so proper identification is an important first step in battling this growing threat. Following are some easily identifiable characteristics that differentiate the brown marmorated stink bug from other members of the same family.
Rodale Institute researchers are working on a collaborative project to rapidly develop organic management techniques for battling the encroaching pest. Read the project summary.