Destructive stink bug found in Bibra Lake

The brown marmorated stink bug (Photo credit: Kristie Graham USDA ARS)
The brown marmorated stink bug (Photo credit: Kristie Graham USDA ARS)

PEOPLE in Spearwood and Bibra Lake are urged to be on the lookout after a destructive brown marmorated stink bug was detected in the area.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) said a single bug had been found in the commercial area of Bibra Lake, near Stock Road, during routine trapping and surveillance.

The exotic pest can stowaway in cargo from the northern hemisphere between September and April and can cause major damage to local agricultural crops, nursery stocks and backyard plants.

DPIRD chief plant biosecurity officer Sonya Broughton said they were undertaking increased surveillance in the Spearwood and Bibra Lake areas to ensure the pest had not spread.

“Businesses in Bibra Lake and residents in Spearwood should remain vigilant for the pest and report anything unusual,” she said.

“The bug was collected in an area that handles imported goods and is adjacent to a residential area, so it is vital that both businesses and residents in the area report anything suspicious.

“Adults are about 12-17mm long, usually mottled brown in colour with has a shield-shaped appearance.

“It has distinctive black and white banding around the outer edge of the abdomen and white bands on its antennae.”

Anyone who finds the pest while unpacking imported goods is asked to secure the package, not move it and report it to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ See Secure Report Hotline on 1800 798 636.

Residents can make a report using DPIRD’s MyPestGuideTM Reporter app or calling 9368 3080.