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VIA issues biohazard warning

The VIA has suggested that all vehicles are inspected thoroughly for signs of Brown Marmorated and Yellow Spotted Stink Bugs. 
Posted on 14 February, 2018

Whether you're an importer, wholesaler, compliance shop or dealer, check every vehicle that is currently on site and all new arrivals. These bugs are extremely difficult to find, but the more eyes we have looking, the better.

Concentrate your efforts after a significant increase in temperature or following vehicle movement. Ships are currently being turned back from ports in both New Zealand and Australia, as MPI works across industries to secure our border from this threat.

The warning comes in light of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) having identified several instances of this pest reaching New Zealand on ships carrying new and used vehicles and industrial machinery.

The Brown Marmorated and Yellow Spotted Stink Bugs are a potentially devastating threat to New Zealand's crops and primary industries.

If you find any evidence of insect infestation, phone the 24/7 MPI Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66 and report it immediately. More info is available on the MPI website.