What’s that smell? Imported container full of live and dead stink bugs found in Jandakot

The rown marmorated stink bug is a little over 1cm in length and about as wide. Picture: Stock image
The rown marmorated stink bug is a little over 1cm in length and about as wide. Picture: Stock image

THINGS have been getting stinky in a cargo container in Jandakot with stink bugs being discovered.

Live and dead bugs were found in an imported container from Italy that was filled with electrical components.

The bugs were reported and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources fumigated the warehouse.

The brown marmorated stink bug is considered an agricultural pest that can damage horticultural crops and ornamental plants.

The bug is not a risk to human health but is regarded as a nuisance as it shelters in places over winter including in homes, vehicles and machinery sheds in large numbers.

The bugs are known to stay in cargo coming from the northern hemisphere between September and April each year.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has undertaken further surveillance on the warehouse and surrounding areas and special traps and lures have been set.

This follows two recent detection of the bugs in Sydney.

Businesses in the area are encouraged to reported any unusual detections on the See.Secure.Report hotline on 1800 798 636.

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