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The brown marmorated stink bug shown here is feeding on an apple on Aug. 29, 2012. This pest is a major economic threat to fruit crops, garden vegetables, and man ornamentals. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are fighting back by developing traps, sequencing the bug’s genome, and testing parasitic wasps as biocontrols. USDA photo by Stephen Ausmus.

Pest Management - North Dakota

NRCS utilizes an integrated approach to pest management.

Pest Management Conservation Practice Standards

The NRCS Electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) provides the most current Pest Management conservation practice standards and their associated specifications. These documents, along with the Windows Pesticide Screening Tool (WIN-PST) are intended for use by those individuals (both public and private) that may develop or assist in the development of Pest Management plans.

Integrated Pest Management

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

An integrated approach is one that includes field scouting, pest identification, evaluating economic thresholds, and choosing appropriate control methods. An effective pest management program will usually include more than one control method. Consideration of the impacts of mechanical, biological, and cultural controls are considered before relying on chemical controls.

Proper utilization of pest management practices has become extremely important to all of us concerning food and water quality safety.