Most unwanted pest data released

18 May 2017

The highest risk period for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) is coming to an end and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released data summarising interceptions and interventions for the 2016/17 period.

KVH has made both the BMSB and QFF reports available online. Making data like this available is something that we’re committed to and have been working closely with MPI on this season to ensure correct, up-to-date information is shared that helps demonstrate the work taking place at our borders that industry is playing a key role in.

Although we’re not in the high-risk period at the moment there is never zero risk – growers are reminded to be on the lookout for these serious pests year-round. As mentioned in the last Bulletin, BMSB has been found in Chile. It’s the first southern hemisphere detection and increases the risk to us here as our seasons are compatible and BMSB could arrive year-round.