Sept 20, 2019 - Update on the BMSB Monitorinig in the BC Interior.
BMSB is an invasive species that feeds on the flesh of fruit or vegetables, feeding punctures result in small dead areas on fruit, vegetables and leaves. They are a serious problem in wine production as the presence of a few adults at crush can taint wine.
The first BMSB in the interior was detected in Penticton in October 2017. Trapping in 2018 and 2019 has foud that the majority of the bugs are in downtown Kelowna and few have been detected in agriculutral areas.
The attached report provides data on the monitoring program May - Aug 2019.
For more information on the BMSB: www.gov.bc.ca/invasivestinkbug
Prepared by: Susanna Achempong, PhD
BC Ministry of Agriculture
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