Etymologists at Ohio State want to encourage residents of Northwest Ohio to "hunt" for an insect pest. It's new to our area, and they'd like to get a handle on where it is and how many there are.
The insect pest of interest is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, or also referred to as BMSB. This plant pest was introduced into the United States from its native range in Japan, Korea, and China. First reported in the US in 2001 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, it has spread to New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, California, and Ohio. BMSB feeds on fruits and seed pods of a wide range of plants. It is also a nuisance pest that invades buildings to seek shelter during the colder months.
The list of plants that can serve as a host is growing. A sample of the list includes the following: apples, pears, raspberries, grapes, green beans, asparagus, peppers, crabapples, catalpas, walnuts, maples, basswoods, sweetgums, redbuds, butterfly bushes, serviceberries, viburnums, and roses.
An Ohio State University Extension FactSheet, The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, is available online at - http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/pdf/FS_3824_08.pdf or at your local Extension office. In Lucas County, you can contact 419-578-6783. The Horticulture Hotline is available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. A request may also be emailed to email@example.com
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