Long-Lasting Insecticide Nets Being Tested for Control of BMSBs

Long-Lasting Insecticide Nets Being Tested for Control of BMSBs

A research team led by Virginia Tech’s Thomas Kuhar, Ph.D., reports that such nets are “quite toxic” to brown marmorated stink bugs and open up a variety of possible uses for managing the pest, ESA reported.

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March 8, 2017
Occasional Invaders

In the effort to control the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), agricultural and urban pest management professionals may have a new tool to add to collection: long-lasting insecticide nets.

Having been primarily used in protecting against malaria and other insect-vectored diseases, long-lasting insecticide nets (LLINs), which have insecticide incorporated within their fibers and offer multiyear effectiveness, have recently begun to attract attention from researchers for use in other pest-management settings.

In a paper published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, a research team led by Virginia Tech’s Thomas Kuhar, Ph.D., reports that such nets are “quite toxic” to brown marmorated stink bugs and open up a variety of possible uses for managing the pest, ESA reported.