Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB)

​BMSB is not found in Australia and needs to be kept out. It has the potential to severely impact our agriculture industries. Juveniles and adults feed on, and can severely damage, fruit and vegetable crops. It is also a nuisance pest as adults enter vehicles, homes and factories in large numbers in autumn months, looking for places to shelter over winter.

BMSB can arrive in Australia on cargo and containers between September and April, coinciding with late autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has introduced measures to manage the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs during the high risk season for these pests.

Review of the 2016-17 BMSB season and measures

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has reviewed the 2016-17 BMSB season measures and associated detections of the stink bug at the border to help evaluate the effectiveness of the measures applied and to identify emerging risk.  As a result of the review, the department formulated recommendations for the coming season.

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2017-18 measures

The department has developed the measures which will apply to high risk sea cargo from the United States and Italy shipped from 1 September 2017 to 30 April 2018, in addition to standard import requirements.

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