Stink-bug delays possible
Border-inspection organisations have advised businesses to be prepared for some delays as biosecurity processes for the new stink-bug season, which officially started on September 1, are bedded in.
VIA (the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association) reports all heat-treatment facilities are now up and running in line with requirements under the new import standard issued by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). While facilities are in place and stock is being processed, issues may be experienced.
If you find any evidence of insect infestation, the advice is to spray or crush any bugs, secure them in a container and call the MPI’s 24/7 exotic pests and disease hotline on 0800-809-966 to report it.
One dead stink bug has been found on a ship from Japan to New Zealand since the season started. It was discovered when the vessel arrived in this country.
MPI says it’s too early to say if there are more stink bugs in Japan now compared to last year. A spokesman adds: “The risk is getting higher as populations expand overseas and will continue to grow with increasing activity at our borders.”