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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is the kiwifruit industry’s second-most ‘unwanted’ biosecurity threat after fruit flies; and the risk of it entering New Zealand is  considered extreme.

The BMSB is able to hitchhike on inanimate objects such as cars and shipping containers. If it were to enter New Zealand it would have no problem establishing due to New Zealand’s highly suitable climate and abundance of host material. Its entry and establishment would result in significant production impacts to many horticultural industries.

The high risk and potential consequence of BMSB have made it a priority for biosecurity readiness activities for both KVH and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Watch the below video from the USA, where the ever-expanding BMSB population is taking over lifestyles. Share this video with your friends and family as everyone will be affected by this pest if it was to establish in New Zealand.

MPI has also released a video featuring Ruud 'Bug Man' Kleinpaste explaining why BMSB will be so bad for New Zealand if they get established. 

BMSB updates

Updates on activities to mitigate the risk and associated consequence of BMSB can be found here:

Click here for BMSB kiwifruit impacts and on-orchard management (6.06.17)
Click here
for the MPI summary report for the 2016/17 season (16.05.17)
Click here to read a report on BMSB being detected in Chile for the first time (28.04.17)
Click here for the MPI risk management report (20.03.17)
Click here for the BMSB fact sheet (22.02.17)

KVH issues BMSB risk updates, based on data and information from MPI:

Click here to read the April 2017 update.

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