EPA approves stinkbug insecticides

Emergency authorization set to help rid orchards of pest in Mid-Atlantic

WASHINGTON (UPI) | July 1, 2011



"EPA is very concerned about the impact of stinkbugs on agricultural production and will continue to monitor the problem and provide growers safe and effective tools to help manage this pest"

—Steve Owens, EPA


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved emergency use of insecticides for the control of the invasive stinkbug in the mid-Atlantic region.

The brown marmorated stinkbug has caused extensive yield losses in tree fruit production in the region, an EPA release said Thursday. The approval, known as an emergency exemption, will allow the use of the insecticide dinotefuran in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina and New Jersey.

Under the exemption, fruit producers are allowed to manage the stinkbug with two applications of dinotefuran by ground equipment per season.

"EPA is very concerned about the impact of stinkbugs on agricultural production and will continue to monitor the problem and provide growers safe and effective tools to help manage this pest," said Steve Owens, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "We are committed to continuing to work closely with the agricultural community to address this very serious problem."

In addition to dinotefuran, the EPA approved an additional use for an insecticide that may help manage stinkbugs in organic production systems. The new product contains azadirachtin and pyrethrins, derived from botanical ingredients, and is now approved for use on many crops where stink bug management is needed and can be used by organic farmers, the EPA said.

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