On watch for stink bug

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If es­tab­lished in New Zealand, BMSB could be a ma­jor pub­lic nui­sance: in colder months they hi­ber­nate in­side homes in large num­bers, and they stink when crushed. They feed on a range of fruit and vegetables in­clud­ing ap­ples, citrus, stone fruit, corn and other valu­able crops. BMSB could cause mas­sive dam­age to our hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­tries. And they can’t be eas­ily treated with in­sec­ti­cides.

BMSB has al­ready spread from Asia to the US and Europe, and we’ve caught it be­fore at the bor­der, in pas­sen­ger bags and im­ported cargo. But we need your help to keep it out.

Keep an eye out in your gar­den for these bugs. Adults are about the size of a 10c coin, with black and white band­ing on the an­ten­nae and ab­domen. Eggs are light green, bar­rel shaped, and found in clus­ters of 20-30.

If you see one, catch it, take a pho­to­graph and call the MPI’s pest hot­line on 0800 80 99 66.

For more in­for­ma­tion: mpi.govt.nz/stinkbug

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