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  • From: david liezen <>
  • To: Nat'l Ass'n of Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
  • Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2011 00:18:36 +0000

True bugs are truly problematic.
When we had a box elder tree out back, our house was invaded each Fall with
box elder bugs. They would die in droves all winter and the living could be
found anywhere in the house.

My ducks refuse to eat them. I have witnessed carnivorous fish turn away from
bugs, as well. Must taste repulsive.
Don't know what keeps bug numbers in this part of the country in check; can
only hope they'll have an impact on this one.

Dave Liezen, Spokane WA, z6

> Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2011 15:51:23 -0600
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> To:
> Subject: [NAFEX] Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
> The brown marmorated stink bug really has me worried. Good Fruit Grower has
> an article in this months mag that portrays this pest as something straight
> from hell that makes plum curculio seem almost angelic in comparison. I'm
> talking about peach growers doing 11 sprays in west VA to try to control it
> and still losing most of the crop.
> I'm actually worried about the future viability of my business which for
> those of your who don't know is running a bearing age fruit tree nursery and
> managing scores of home and estate orchards in the SE NY area. Once this
> pest is established here, managing home orchards for fruit may become
> extremely complicated.
> Right now I can control most important insect pests with only 2 or 3 sprays
> of best synthetic materials. If I have to spray all season long I may just
> get tired of this business altogether.
> Sure hope the early reports are overly alarmist and either an affective
> predator emerges of some reasonable management strategy is devised. I know
> that there are very good people working on it.
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