More imports of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug to Australia

Posted: February 28, 2018
Category: Uncategorized


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Additional recent pest detections

  • Two further detections of the exotic pest brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) have been reported in Horsley Park, NSW and Perth, WA.
  • Dead and live bugs were found in separate shipments of electrical components and bricks that had been imported from Italy.
  • The federal and state biosecurity agencies are working together to manage the incidents, using well established response arrangements and processes including chemical treatment and surveillance.
  • Photos and technical information about brown marmorated stink bug can be found in this Plant Health Australia fact sheet

Impact in vineyards and wineries

  • Low numbers of brown marmorated stink bug (three per bunch) may result in physical damage to berries which predisposes them to bunch rots and yield loss.
  • Brown marmorated stink bugs have a foul smelling odour when disturbed.
  • Brown marmorated stink bugs are known to cause wine taint if they end up in ferments.

Biosecurity awareness and reporting

Importers

  • If you transport or receive goods from overseas, always keep an eye out for pests and other biosecurity risks. Pests stow away in shipping containers, on machinery, and inside cartons and packaging, including timber pallets.
  • If you find any type of live pest while unpacking or moving your goods:
    • Collect and contain a specimen
    • Re-seal any opened boxes, re-pack the container where possible, and shut the container doors
    • Don’t move the container, especially to an outside area
    • Report it quickly to the See. Secure. Report. hotline on 1800 798 636 for assistance.

Vineyards / wineries

  • If growers or winemakers think they have seen brown marmorated stink bugs (or any other exotic pest) in the vineyard or winery they should phone the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

 

For further information about wine industry biosecurity arrangements, please contact Andrew Weeks, CEO Australian Vignerons on 0403 520 242.

For technical information about brown marmorated stink bug, please contact the AWRI helpdesk on 08 8313 6600.

Or read here for more information.