detections of Browm marmorated stink bug in Victoria.
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.
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
information about BMSB can be found in the Brown marmorated stink bug factsheet .