Stink bug season commences

03 September 2015

September marks the beginning of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season. Between now and the end of April one of kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted pests is at high-risk of entering New Zealand and growers are urged to keep an eye out for this pest this season.

The BMSB is a hitchhiker pest and likely to enter New Zealand’s border on inanimate objects such as shipping containers, passenger luggage and express freight or courier items.

Improved public surveillance and early detection is the best chance of keeping it out and ensuring it does not establish in New Zealand.

Distinguishing characteristics

  • 15-17mm in length
  • Striped bands on antennae
  • Striped bands on abdomen

If you suspect you have found a BMSB, catch it and call the MPI pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.