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Plant/Pest of the Month 

October:  Brown Mamorated Stink Bug

Fairly new to Michigan, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a major nuisance pest of homeowners and a serious economic pest of many commercial crops.  These bugs aggregate in the fall, frequently in large numbers, to overwinter and will gather inside of houses, sheds and barns. This is the same behavior exhibited by Asian ladybird beetles, boxelder bugs and western conifer seed bugs.  For more information on this pest see:



Frequently Discussed Topics

Following are publications that answer the most frequently asked questions the Plant & Pest Hotline staff receive this time of the year. Please call or contact us with your questions at 248-858-0902.

October Landscape Guide

Box Elder Bugs (OC0142)

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Deer Resistant Plants (E3042)

Establishing a New Lawn Using Sod (E2911)

Evergreen Needle Drop (OC0282)

Fall-Winter Houseplant Care

Fall Webworm (E2695)

Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs (MSU DS09)

Home Lawn Grub Products 2014

Maple Tar Spot (MSU DS15)

Poison Ivy (E2946)

Social Wasps (OC0146)

Solitary Wasps (OC0147)

These Ladybugs are Driving Me Crazy! (OC0488)

Tomatoes Dying? Might be late blight

Weed Control

Winter Storage of Geraniums and Tuberous Plants (OC0038)


Seasonal Resource for Current Conditions and Plant/Pest Problems

An excellent resource for current conditions and plant/pest problems is the MSU Extension News web site, written by MSU faculty and MSU Extension staff.  These seasonal electronic articles offer Lawn & Garden pest management advice regarding a variety of topic areas such as Community Gardening, Composting & Recycling, Home Gardening, Landscaping, Pest Management, Turf, and Water Usage.  You can subscribe to various topics and have updates to their web site sent to you automatically.

Food donation fact sheet available from MSU Extension’s Michigan Fresh

Hungry people need good food – and gardeners can provide safe, nutritious food to those who might otherwise go without. Learn how community gardeners can donate extra produce to food pantries with Michigan State University Extension fact sheet “Fresh Produce Donation Guidelines for Gardeners.”  This fact sheet includes recommended ways to handle and prepare the produce, information about the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, and more.  
Fact sheets – on topics from apples to winter squash – are also available on the Michigan Fresh website at


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