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Stink Bugs, Good and Bad
WSU Snohomish County Extension's Cougar Auditorium
Everett, WA
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Tuesday May 24, 2016 10:00 AM - Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:00 PM | $30.00


Stink Bugs, Good and Bad
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), is an exotic invasive species, native to China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, first observed in the United States in the mid-1990s. In the United States, they were first recognized as a nuisance pest when they entered homes in prodigious numbers in autumn.

Learn to Identify and Control Stink Bug Workshop by Dr. Michael R. Bush, (assisted by Dave Pehling and Sharon J. Collman).  The brown marmorated stink bug hit the news with its prodigious numbers invading homes first in the eastern US and then westward in Oregon and now in the Puget Sound region.  Homeowners complained of thousands of overwintering stink bugs in their attics and walls.  The arrival of this stink bug in Washington (and now Snohomish County), has prompted curiosity about what other stink bugs might be lurking in WA.  Dr. Michael Bush has invited the public to submit stink bugs to his statewide survey and found some interesting new arrivals (like a new pest, the southern green stink bug) and new distribution records on our more familiar stinkies.  Learn about stink bug biology, host preferences, behavior, damage, and photography.  You will learn to recognize the good stinkies that feed on other insects.  Learn how to control them on edible and landscape plants.  Then try your hand at identifying stink bugs (pinned specimens) using scopes, and pictorial keys.  Also learn how to submit samples to the survey and where to get your stink bugs identified.  Bring stink bugs you find to the workshop with you.

Learn about these introduced pests as well as our common native stink bugs.  Some stink bugs are predators, so its important to identify the good from the bad. Learn about their host preferences, behavior, biology and methods of control.  And using pictorial keys, scopes, and pinned stink bugs, identify the good and the bad.

Dr. Michael Bush, WSU Extension  Yakima County, is an entomologist covering home and commercial tree fruits; co-author of the PNW Insect Management Handbook for tree fruits and landscape pests. He has now added stink bug identification to his many talents.


WSU Snohomish County Extension's Cougar Auditorium (View)
600 128th St SE
Everett, WA 98208
United States


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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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