Monitoring systems in place for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) for 2014.

The Lincoln University IPM program is coordinating a monitoring system for BMSB and SWD, starting in mid May, 2014. For BMSB, black pyramid traps baited with a pheromone lure will be deployed in at least 15 farms located largely in East-Central, Central, West-Central and SW Missouri. For SWD, monitoring traps baited with a combination of active dry yeast, sugar, and water will be deployed in numerous counties throughout the state in collaboration with the University of Missouri IPM Program. Information about the presence, distribution, and abundance of these two pests will be made available to farmers. Traps and bait formonitoring SWD can be provided for free by contacting Dr. Jaime Pinero (573-681-5522), or Jacob Wilson (573-681-5591). For additional information, contact your nearest MU Extension office.

Quick facts about BMSB: Beginning in late May/early June this invasive stink bug will start feeding on a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and other host plants. The nearest large BMSB populations to Missouri were detected in western Illinois in the fall of 2013. 

Quick facts about SWD:SWD is a serious invasive fly that attacks small fruit crops, some stone fruits (cherry, nectarine, peach), and wild hosts. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and grapes are at the greatest risk. This invasive fly was first reported in Missouri in June, 2013, and very quickly was reported damaging raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, and elderberry, among other crops.

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