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MOTHER EARTH NEWS STINK BUG SURVEY SEEKS CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
Publication aims to understand insect’s behavior and find effective control methods

TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 24, 2013) – The brown marmorated stink bug is on the move, now wreaking havoc in gardens and homes from the mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest. With temperatures dropping, the bugs invade homes and buildings to bed down for the winter.

Mother Earth News, the leading publication dedicated to sustainable living, today launches an online survey to better understand the insect’s behavior and track effective control measures.

The Mother Earth News Stink Bug Survey covers factors such as house size and color, and characteristics of surrounding land.

Most Mother Earth News readers garden organically, so a better understanding of brown marmorated stink bug behavior is essential to helping them manage this pest. In heavily infested areas such as Maryland and northern Virginia, the bugs threaten a long list of vegetables, including beans, tomatoes and cabbage family crops. Ripening blackberries or peaches can be invaded overnight.

“Millions of gardeners and homeowners face aggravation from brown marmorated stink bugs, and thousands of those folks have tried innovative techniques for dealing with them. We wanted to set up a way for people to compare the results of their efforts,” says Cheryl Long, editor in chief of Mother Earth News.

Property damage caused by brown marmorated stink bugs is also covered in the Mother Earth News Stink Bug Survey.

“We’ve heard reports of damaged office equipment and vehicles with air filters clogged by stink bugs. The survey will help reveal where to look for problems before the bugs cause costly repairs,” Long says.

Noting that consumer reviews of purchased stink bug traps are consistently poor, the survey also asks questions about how the traps were used.

“The updated pheromone lures used in commercial stink bug traps should be quite effective, so we hope to help figure out why they’re not giving better results. The devil could be in the details of where and when you set them out,” Long says. “Or, they could be a waste of money.”

To take the 10-minute Mother Earth News Stink Bug Survey (and view the ongoing results) go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StinkBug.

The survey will remain open so participants can see what others have said about different control methods they have tried.

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Mother Earth News (www.MotherEarthNews.com), the Original Guide to Living Wisely, covers organic gardening, cooking and food preservation, natural health, do-it-yourself projects, renewable energy, and all aspects of rural and urban homesteading.

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Ogden Publications Inc. (www.OgdenPubs.com) is the leading information resource serving the sustainable lifestyle, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also produces environmentally friendly housewares through Natural Home Products LLC, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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