Latest stink bug sightings

20 February 2020

Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 52 live Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds, less than a third of what was found at this time last season.

Over the main holiday period (mid-December to mid-January) there were 19 of the unwanted bugs found, mostly associated with luggage and belongings of recent travellers to the USA and Italy. All were reported and investigated, with no further sign of any insects.

More detail can be read in the latest monthly KVH BMSB risk update, which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about activities involving KVH to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for and respond to this unwanted pest.