New Video Series Tracks the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an insidious insect that was inadvertently brought into the United States from Asia in the 1990's. With no natural enemies to keep the population in check, the BMSB is spreading rapidly through the country.
It took less than 10 years for the BMSB to be identified on farms and in forests, and by 2010 it caused ruinous damage in New York and Long Island, with fruit and vegetable growers of sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, apples, and peaches reporting total losses that year. This disastrous impact continues to this day.
It is now becoming a nuisance pest in structures in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well, overwintering in homes, offices and warehouses in exceptional numbers and distressing people who come in contact with them. Their impact in structures is expected to continue to increase in the coming years to the NYC region.
This insect is easily confused with stink bugs native to New York City and Long Island. The native stink bugs do have natural enemies that help keep their numbers under control. The link below offers more information on this intimidating insect: