Samurai Wasp EPA Application

Samurai Wasp EPA Application

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The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Council has made an application to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to release the Samurai wasp to help combat a BMSB incursion should one be found in New Zealand.

BMSB is one the biggest biosecurity threats facing New Zealand and is frequently intercepted at our borders. It has the potential to cause significant economic damage to the horticulture industry and to home owners.

Studies overseas have shown the wasp can destroy over 70 percent of the eggs in a stink bug egg mass. The wasp does not sting and is harmless to humans but is a natural enemy of the stink bug. The female wasp lays her eggs inside stink bug eggs, killing the stink bug in the process. 

Control options are very limited, with use of broad-spectrum chemicals being one of the only tools currently available. The samurai wasp presents a targeted and self-sustaining control tool that could be used and provides growers with an option other than increasing insecticide sprays.

Public submissions are now open until 5pm, 24 May 2018. We encourage you to have your say.

You can make a submission here

For more information see our Q&A information sheet here.

An article of interest – The New Yorker