There have been several sightings of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) around New Zealand this summer. While this is alarming, there is no evidence of an established population here. When possible NZPPI alerted some members when the BMSB was found in their local area. The areas are: Oamaru, Tauranga and Glenfield.
NZPPI believes that it is important that anyone working in the horticulture industry is aware of BMSB, knows what it looks like and what to do if they suspect that they have found one.
NZPPI sits on the BMSB Council, which is made up of representatives from MPI and industry. The Council has developed a response plan for BMSB and has been working with MPI as they investigate the recent BMSB finds.
This update is part of the latest Biosecurity Update from NZPPI, which also contains updates on the following pests:
- Myrtle Rust
- Kauri dieback
- Impatiens Downy Mildew