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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 a feature news story on this pest from TVNZ's One News, and hear from Ruud 'Bug Man' Kleinpaste, who explains the impacts BMSB would have on all New Zealanders. Read a feature article the New Yorker magazine published about the impacts BMSB is having on homes and lifestyles in the USA. 

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


Watch the video below to learn about the impacts BMSB has had on kiwifruit orchards in Italy.


BMSB reference material

  • KVH BMSB Risk Update September 2018 - information about detections at the New Zealand border and actions being take to manage the risk posed by BMSB during the 2018/19 high-risk season (Septembre 2018 - April 2019)
  • Chinese translations of impacts of BMSB - publication of biosecurity risks from stink bugs to New Zealand kiwifruit identified in Chinese language literature
  • Impacts and management - a paper summarising BMSB kiwifruit impacts and on-orchard management
  • BMSB in Chile - a report on BMSB being detected in Santiago, Chile for the first time

BMSB preparedness

KVH is working with Zespri, MPI and the wider kiwifruit industry to ensure we are all prepared for BMSB, if it were to arrive and estalish here. This includes running regular simulation exercises, hosting workshops, and developing joint workplans for how we would manage an incursion and long term response.

Read the BMSB Readiness Plan (A) for information about how the industry is ready for a New Zealand incursion. Read the BMSB Readiness Plan (B) for information about long term management considerations should BMSB establish in New Zealand.

In August 2018 the The New Zealand horticulture industry welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision allowing the release of a tiny Samurai Wasp into New Zealand, if ever there was an incursion of the BMSB. Read the media release here.

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