The brown marmorated stink bug is a new invasive pest in Florida. First specimens of the pest in Leon County were collected by scientists at the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research at Florida A&M University in June of this year.
Since its first sighting near Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the mid-1990s, the pest has spread to at least 46 states. The species is native to Eastern Asia and can feed on over 300 different plants.
Eu.tallahassee.com reports how, since its arrival in the United States, it has caused millions of dollars of damage to several economically important crops, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, ornamentals and row crops. Additionally, it can be an extreme nuisance in and around buildings.
In North Florida, current research focuses on pest biology, ecology and behavior leading to the development of potential longer-term integrated pest management strategies and landscape level management solutions.