Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

30 October 2014

MPI have released a new fact sheet for BMSB which includes comparison to other stink bugs already present in New Zealand. Click here to view the fact sheet.

This fact sheet is part of a larger public awareness campaign that KVH is supporting. Growers who have travelled internationally recently will have noticed the increased publicity at the airport.

KVH has also participated in the development of a research strategy to minimise and manage the risks posed by BMSB to New Zealand.

What is Brown Marmorated Stink Bug?
BMSB is a significant pest to many horticultural industries. It is native to parts of Asia but is currently undergoing rapid range expansion in the United States, Canada and Europe—which previously did not have established populations.

BMSB is considered a high priority pest as;

  • it would have significant impact on high value crops;
  • it can establish throughout New Zealand;
  • there are multiple pathways for entry;
  • there are limited control tools available; and
  • it causes significant public nuisance.

Growers are encouraged to look out for this organism. Any suspected sightings should be caught, photographed and reported to MPI on 0800 80 99 66.