The threat of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is escalating in Australia, with six new detections since September 2018. The pest, which could damage grapes, taint wine and cause significant public nuisance, has authorities on high alert.

As previously reported, the detections of BMSB have led to increased scrutiny on imported goods, with delays at ports resulting, due to treatment and clearance requirements. We know these delays have impacted Australian wine businesses. 

Action required
We strongly encourage grapegrowers and winemakers to look out for pests including BMSB, particularly when unpacking containers or receiving international goods, and also in vineyards and areas surrounding distribution and packing sheds. If unusual pests are spotted, secure the goods to limit the movement of the pests and immediately make a report to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

New detections
Six new post-border detections of BMSB since September 2018 have occurred across Australia, in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia on a variety of imported cargo. Both live and dead bugs have been found.

The national Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) is working closely with state governments in each of the affected states. Each detection has seen swift and effective response measures put in place.

The affected goods have been subject to biosecurity control and fumigation, and surveillance is now underway to determine that these bugs have been contained.

DAWR publishes timely information about new detections, government responses, community roles and how to identify BMSB. We encourage you to visit their website to stay up to date with information about this significant exotic pest threat. 

Click here to visit the brown marmorated stink bug outbreak page.