Stink bugs probing the border

03 March 2022

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) are continuing to probe our border defences as the high-risk season passes the halfway mark.

Latest data shows that so far this season (1 September to 30 April) there have been 60 live BMSB found, mostly on vessels, imported equipment/packages and mostly from the USA, China, and Italy.

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

The risk period for BMSB stretches throughout the summer so remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about the risks this bug poses are available on the KVH website.