Australian travelers are asked to carefully check their luggage when returning from Asia and Europe

By TravelWiseFeb 22, 2024 09:51 AMNews
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Australian travelers are asked to carefully check their luggage when returning from Asia and Europe
Tourists asked to check their luggage when returning to Australia. Source: Pixabay

The authorities in New South Wales, Australia, are cautioning travelers arriving from Europe and Asia about dangerous "stowaways" that may be hiding in their luggage. They are referring to brown marmorated stink bugs, which, aside from their unpleasant odor, also pose a significant threat to Australian flora.

According to 9News, a brown marmorated stink bug was recently discovered in a residence in New South Wales. The bug was spotted by a traveler returning from Asia, who promptly captured it in a jar before contacting the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

During the investigation, DPI inspectors also found another bug in the traveler's pants pocket. Authorities are now conducting thorough inspections to ensure that no other pests have escaped into the environment.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are especially hazardous during the winter months when they go into hibernation. Detecting them during the summer provides an opportunity for early intervention and prevention of their spread.

These pests feed on over 300 plant species and can be exceedingly challenging and costly to manage. Traditional pesticides are often ineffective against them, underscoring the importance of preventing their proliferation.

Adult brown marmorated stink bugs are roughly the size of a five-cent coin and emit a strong odor when disturbed. Their bodies can vary in color, but they typically appear brown with white stripes.

Australian travelers are asked to carefully check their luggage when returning from Asia and Europe
Beetles can be found in luggage. Source: Pixabay

These bugs damage fruit plants, including ornamental and vegetable varieties. They particularly favor apples, peaches, raspberries, corn, beans, peppers, and tomatoes.

Travelers arriving from Europe and Asia are advised to thoroughly inspect their luggage for these "stowaways".

Previously, TravelWise provided guidance on what to do if you encounter bedbugs in your room.

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