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Stink bug poses major threat to New Zealand's fruit industry

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Staff Writer | September 1, 2017
The brown marmorated stink bug has wreaked havoc in Europe and a border breach in this country could be catastrophic.
New Zealand's fruit
Pacific   It breeds fast, damages crops
The Asian native has spread to 14 countries across Europe and in the US. It breeds fast, damages crops and also infests homes.

While not established in New Zealand, 147 of the bugs were intercepted last season and the pest poses a risk to many different species.

"It eats about 300 different plant species, so our native plants as well as our productive plants," said Barry O'Neil, Kiwifruit Vine Health chief executive.

If an outbreak were to occur in New Zealand, harvests would be hammered and growers also left facing big eradication jobs.

Kiwifruit Vine Heath says people can help by following three simple steps. If someone happen to stumble across the brown marmorated stink bug catch it, one should snap it on camera, and it report it to the Ministry for Primary Industries.