BMSB caught

29 April 2021

We’re still in the high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and there have been a couple of finds over the last few weeks, proving we can never let our guard down.

A live BMSB was found at a transitional facility in Auckland, in tiles from Italy, and a dead bug was found in a returnee’s managed isolation hotel room. Both events were thoroughly investigated with no further BMSB detected.

The total number of live BMSB found this season is now 48 – compared to 57 at the same point in the previous season.

Read more in the latest BMSB risk update, produced by KVH each month. It includes data about detections, explains the range of activities and actions underway by industry and Biosecurity New Zealand to manage risk, and details our preparedness activities.