Stink bug detected by sniffer dogs in Brisbane

One of Australia’s most potentially hazardous pests, the Brown marmorated stink bug, was recently discovered by biosecurity detector dogs during a routine surveillance at the Port of Brisbane. The dogs detected the single live bug in the wheel arch of a used dump truck, discharged on to the Brisbane wharf from an overseas cargo vessel.


Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said this detection was evidence of the benefit of the government’s increased resourcing for frontline defence. It is part of the government’s $400 million 2021-22 Budget commitment to biosecurity.

The brown marmorated stink bug season runs from 1 September to 30 April. Australia has strengthened seasonal measures to manage the pest.


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