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Protect against stink bugs in New York apples, peaches

Brown marmorated stink bug

NORTHEAST: It is hard to believe March is almost over and there is still snow on the ground – with more cold temperatures ahead.

When I woke up this morning, I found what appeared to be a stink bug in my house. After identifying the insect, I determined it was a brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). This is the same insect that has caused millions of dollars of damage over the past few years to apple and peach blocks in south central Pennsylvania.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a BMSB around here. I actually spotted the insect around my house in the fall, before we had one of the coldest winters in recorded history. Now that the BMSB is here in central New York, we should consider adjusting our insecticide programs in apple and peach orchards this summer.

Syngenta offers a variety of crop protection products for controlling insects such as BMSB. Contact your local agronomic service representative or extension expert for more information.

All photos are the property of Syngenta unless otherwise noted.

Reporting from Jamesville, NY

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