- Stink Bugs IMG
Threat level:4 (ID first - non-parasitic and look-a-likes exist)
Location: most moderate climates
Control: pheromone trap, physical trap, removal, insecticidal soap, hot pepper sprays, pyrethroids
Biological Control: Orius insidiosus(Minute Pirate Bugs), Trissolcus spp. (parasitic wasp, exclusive to Asia)
Prevention: Neem oil, garlic/onion spray, companion planting (Mint, Nasturtium, Coriander, Borage, Garlic), weed control, row covers, fall till
Damage caused: pinpricks surrounded by discolouration, rotting lesions, pathogen spread
It was an interesting read up. A lot of speculation on control (pheromone traps may increase damage, inconclusive study) and hope that the parasitic wasp is fast tracked through USDA red tape. I included pirate bugs because they are generalist predators and somewhat effective, but mostly because... cmon. Pirate bug. What if they said YAAAR every time they devoured eggs.