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Biosecurity Advisory 5/2019 - Recent detections of Brown marmorated stink bug in Victoria

Recent detections of Browm marmorated stink bug in Victoria.

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) (Halyomorpha halys) has recently been found in Melbourne's South East. Agriculture Victoria are responding to these detections. Detections have also occurred at major shipping ports across Australia in recent times.

BMSB is a significant agricultural pest with potential to attack over 300 plant hosts. It is also a nuisance pest, that shelters in large numbers inside homes, other buildings, vehicles, machinery and sheds. It produces a very unpleasant odour when disturbed or squashed.

Whilst BMSB has not been detected in Tasmania, Biosecurity Tasmania is conducting general and targeted surveillance for this exotic pest on imported goods, shipping containers and agricultural machinery and on potential host plants. This includes inspection of cargo, as well as insect trapping and surveillance of likely pathways under the National Plant Health Surveillance Program.

If you think you may have found a brown marmorated stink bug, please call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

Further information about BMSB can be found in the Brown marmorated stink bug factsheet .