By: Dr. Danielle Kirkpatrick
Global Technical Support Coordinator, Trécé Inc

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Trécé® BMSB DUAL Controlled Release Lure

Groundstake Sticky Trap

STKY™ Dual Panel Adhesive Trap

attached to stake with twist ties (Option 1)

The Trécé BMSB DUAL monitoring lure is a controlled release system comprised of pheromone and inert ingredients that are homogenized and extruded to formulate a controlled release monitoring lure. This advanced formulation technology controls the release from the lure of both components at the same rate over time. Trécé’s lure provides earlier detection and higher capture of BMSB when used in season-long monitoring programs. The long-lasting 12-week lure provides a field longevity that is 2-3 times longer than competitors lures and affords lower maintenance with the lure only needing to be replaced once during the growing season. All are key components critical for effective integrated management of BMSB and season-long crop protection. 

This paper explores more about the problem of BMSB, the Trécé BMSB lure technology and why it is important, and finally, provides the published lab and field verification to support the “long-lasting” (12 week), highly effective claims for the Trécé BMSB DUAL lure. 

BMSB Pheromone Discovery and MDT Synergist

BMSB Male and Female

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), Male and Female

The BMSB pheromone was a crucial discovery and shown to attract males, females, and nymphs (Khrimian et al. 2014). Further studies showed a synergism when the BMSB pheromone (murgantiol) was combined with MDT in baited traps and provides reliable season-long monitoring of both nymphs and adults (Weber et al. 2014). Furthermore, nymphs are less attracted to the pheromone in absence of the MDT synergist (Weber et al. 2014). These two components, murgantiol and MDT, have large differences in volatility due to their chemical structures. MDT is much more volatile than murgantiol and emits faster from a lure if emission is not controlled. Therefore, the release of the pheromone and MDT is best controlled over time when they are loaded in separate lures creating a dual monitoring lure. 

Trécé Controlled Release Lure Technology



The ultimate controlled release lure for BMSB ideally stabilizes both active ingredients in storage and when deployed in the field for a sustained, even release of pheromone over time. Trécé’s PVC technology utilizes tested antioxidants and UV stabilizers to protect the pheromones from oxidation and damaging UV rays in the field, preventing isomerization of the components. The lure also utilizes a matrix that was developed to provide continuous controlled release of the pheromone over 12 weeks or longer in the field. Figure 1A below shows a graph of the controlled release of the pheromone and MDT over time, with both components releasing at the same rate despite large differences in volatility. Additionally, Figure 1A shows that at the 90 day of collection point, the monitoring lure had released only 90% of the pheromone and MDT from the lures, indicating the lures may last longer than 12-weeks under field conditions. Figure 1B shows a comparative controlled release graph from a BMSB lure aging study. The previous version of the BMSB lure (often referred to as the “Beef Jerky” lure) was not optimized for controlled release compared to Trécé’s current BMSB DUAL lure which has been optimized to provide controlled release of the murgantiol and MDT over time. 

Figure 1A. Aging study showing percent (% Release on y-axis) of pheromone and MDT released from monitoring lures over time (days on x-axis) at a constant temperature. Once % released has reached 100%, all of components have been released from the lure. Pheromone components loaded into separate lures due to differences in volatility. 1B. Percent of pheromone released from current Trécé DUAL lure compared with unoptimized previous version of the BMSB lure. (Source: Dr. Vincent Chebny, Trécé).

Trécé BMSB DUAL Lure – 12-week Field Longevity

In Georgia, BMSB was first observed during the 2015 season and significant damage to hazelnuts was reported during the 2016 season. Economic losses for Georgian farmers and exporters were more than 52 million US dollars (National Food Agency, Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia report November 2016). Pheromone baited traps are extremely useful in season-long monitoring programs when captured data is collected over the entire season. Reliable monitoring of BMSB not only determines geographic presence within a host crop, but also the population abundance and phenology over time. Many peer-reviewed studies published in high impact journals have reported results of studies looking at sustained BMSB captures over 12-week periods using the Trécé BMSB DUAL lure. A few key studies will be highlighted, and conclusions summarized in the following paragraphs.

A field study was conducted in 2017 by Murvanidze et al. (2018) to investigate the occurrence of BMSB in two hazelnut orchards in the Republic of Georgia. Monitoring traps baited with Trécé BMSB DUAL lures were deployed in the orchards in May, with the lures on the traps replaced every 12 weeks. Data collected shows sustained BMSB captures on the traps from May through the end of October.

Another study reporting on the first record of BMSB in Slovenia by Rot et al. (2018) used pheromone-baited monitoring traps for BMSB from April until November placed around orchards. The Trécé BMSB lures were changed every 12 weeks. Data shows BMSB were captured starting in the spring and continued through the late autumn. 

In regions of north-western Italy Bosco et al. (2020) investigated dispersal to pheromone-baited monitoring traps in 2018. Baited traps were deployed in the field around overwintering sites, and lures were changed once after 12 weeks. Data shows the traps captured BMSB immediately after their placement in the field in early and mid-April and through the season.

Season-long monitoring of BMSB throughout the United States was investigated in 115 field sites across 18 states using pheromone-baited monitoring traps by Acebes-Doria et al. (2020). Each trap was baited with a Trécé BMSB lure and lures were replaced every 12 weeks during the field study. Results showed season-long captures of BMSB across all regions (Figure 2) and concluded that pheromone-baited traps are reliable tools to monitoring BMSB in different geographical locations with varying population densities throughout the growing season.

Figure 2. Average season-long captures of BMSB adults and nymphs on pheromone-baited traps in the field across five geographical regions of the US with BMSB DUAL monitoring lures changed every 12 weeks (Acebes-Doria et al. 2020).

Alternative Methods to Manage BMSB with Pheromone Lures 

Traps baited with BMSB DUAL pheromone lures have been used in survey and detection programs in new geographic areas when populations often are at very low levels. 

An additional management approach is the attract-and-kill (A&K) tactic. In Georgia, a major campaign was launched utilizing the A&K approach as part of the fight against BMSB. Host trees were baited with multiple pheromone lures to attract BMSB and retain them until the trees were sprayed with insecticides. This tactic, in combination with intensive monitoring with pheromone-baited traps, proved highly successful in the management of BMSB populations in Georgia.


  1. National Food Agency, Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia report presented on 20 November 2016; (
  2. Khrimian, A., Zhang, A., Weber, D.C., Ho, H.Y., Aldrich, J.R., Vermillion, K.E., Siegler, M.A., Shirali, S., Guzman, F. and Leskey, T.C., 2014. Discovery of the aggregation pheromone of the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) through the creation of stereoisomeric libraries of 1-bisabolen-3 ols. Journal of natural products, 77(7), pp.1708-1717.
  3. Weber, D.C., Morrison III, W.R., Khrimian, A., Rice, K.B., Short, B.D., Herlihy, M.V. and Leskey, T.C., 2020. Attractiveness of Pheromone Components With and Without the Synergist, Methyl (2 E, 4 E, 6 Z)-2, 4, 6-Decatrienoate, to Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Journal of economic entomology, 113(2), pp.712-719.
  4. Murvanidze, M., Krawczyk, G., Inasaridze, N., Dekanoidze, L., Samsonadze, N., Macharashvili, M., Khutsishvili, S. and Shengelaia, S., 2018. Preliminary data on the biology of brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae) in Georgia. Turkish Journal of Zoology, 42(6), pp.617-624.
  5. Rot, M., Devetak, M., Carlevaris, B., Žežlina, J. and Žežlina, I., 2018. First record of brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys Stål, 1855) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in Slovenia. Acta Entomol Sloven, 26(1), pp.5-12.
  6. Bosco, L., Nardelli, M. and Tavella, L., 2020. First insights on early host plants and dispersal behavior of Halyomorpha halys  (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) from overwintering to crop colonization. Insects, 11(12), p.866.
  7. Acebes-Doria, A.L., Agnello, A.M., Alston, D.G., Andrews, H., Beers, E.H., Bergh, J.C., Bessin, R., Blaauw, B.R., Buntin, G.D., Burkness, E.C. and Chen, S., 2020. Season-long monitoring of the brown marmorated stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) throughout the United States using commercially available traps and lures. Journal of economic entomology, 113(1), pp.159-171.