Looking back on BMSB season 2022/23: “It has been a successful season”

BMSB behandeling

WERKENDAM, July 2023 – With another BMSB season approaching, carriers, freight forwarders, exporters, and everyone involved in the logistics of goods to Australia and New Zealand, are awaiting the new, perhaps again tightened import regulations for next season. In the calm before the storm, we look back on the past season 2022/2023 with Roy van Hattum, Team Leader EWS Fumigation & Bio Treatment, and Marta Mottin, General Manager. Both work at EWS Group, respectively in the Netherlands and Italy.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

BMSB is the abbreviation for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, a bug-like insect that was previously not known to occur in Europe. Marta remembers the arrival of the insect to Italy very well. “The bug was first observed in the Reggio Emilia region”, she says. “It caused enormous damage to crops. After consultation with various universities in both Europe and Asia, it turned out to be the BMSB that had apparently ‘hitchhiked’ from China to Europe in a container. The insect had no natural enemies here, so the population grew too large too quickly and eventually posed a threat to harvests. Not only in Italy and on the European continent, but also for other countries where the bug is not a native species.”

Approved Offshore BMSB Treatment Provider

Among other countries, this is the case in Australia and New Zealand. Both countries are doing everything they can to prevent the creature from entering the country in the first place. They therefore require that incoming goods that fall into a certain risk category and are shipped from certain risk countries between 1 September and 30 April undergo BMSB treatment. This treatment must take place prior to shipment and may only be conducted by ‘Approved Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers’. EWS Group is such an approved treatment provider. Roy has his hands full managing it all.

A successful BMSB season 2022/2023

When it comes to looking back on last season, he gets straight to the point: “I have to say that it was a very successful season indeed in which we have been able to handle many different types of goods. In the Netherlands, we have our permanent location at the BCTN terminal in Alblasserdam where we conduct the two possible BMSB treatments. Containers are fumigated, and breakbulk goods such as cars, tractors, engines, etc. undergo heat treatment.”

BMSB treatments throughout Europe

However, EWS Group is not tied to one location. The company has branches throughout Europe and can perform both fumigation and heat treatment in many countries. Italy also looks back on a great BMSB season. Marta adds: “More and more European countries are added to the list of risk countries. This means that we see an increase in the number of goods that leave Europe via the Italian ports to find their way to Australia and New Zealand.”

Support from A to Z

Both fumigation and heat treatment are approved treatment methods. Regardless of the type of treatment, meticulous procedures are involved. EWS knows the way. Roy explains: “We support the customer from A to Z. We arrange the location, provide the goods with seals and documentation, and take care of the on-carriage. In addition, we ensure that the Record of Fumigation is uploaded in the Australia or New Zealand portals. This way, the government authorities of both countries have access to all processes.”

Flying colours

“And for good reason, so we’ve discovered”, Roy says with a smile. “Last season we were honoured with a visit from delegates from the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries for an inspection. They really controlled everything! Our canisters, the PPE, the materials, our procedures, the treatment methods, the way we document them, the gas concentrations, you name it!” He continues with pride: “We passed with flying colours!”


Both Roy and Marta look forward to the BMSB season 2023/2024 with confidence. “With the experience we have gained in recent years, and the teams that are at full strength in all countries, we are ready to go, full speed ahead!”, Marta says enthusiastically. “Of course, we can only really speak of a good season when the BMSB has stayed outside the borders of Australia and New Zealand”, she concludes.

Any questions?

Want to know how we can serve you in the upcoming BMSB season? This is where you can read more already, but also, please do not hesitate to contact our advisor Paul van Luit at +31 85 0498522. We look forward to collaborating with you!

BMSB risk season 2022-23 | What’s new?

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

On Tuesday 23 August last, EWS Group attended an online information session in anticipation of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season 2022-23. It was organized by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of Australia and the Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand, the departments that are responsible for keeping BMSB out of their respective countries.

BMSB, what is it again?

BMSB is short for brown marmorated stink bug and is an agricultural, horticultural and social pest. This hitchhiker pest originates from Asia and has spread throughout North America and Europe in recent years. It can be found seeking shelter from cold weather in crevices or protected areas of shipping containers, vehicles, boats, caravans, machinery and personal stored items.

The risk of it arriving on cargo and containers in Australia and New Zealand is particularly high between September and April, coinciding with late autumn and winter in the northern hemisphere. The responsible government bodies of Australia and New Zealand require BMSB treatment of certain goods in order to minimize the risk of it becoming a major biosecurity concern.

BSMB treatment

BMSB is an agricultural pest

BMSB treatment needs to be conducted on target high risk goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries, exported from 1st September 2022 up to arrival in Australia and New Zealand on or before 30ieth April 2023, and to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from target risk countries within the same period. Approved treatment options include heat treatment and fumigation.

BMSB treatment providers

The information session was attended by treatment providers, both new and renewing, approved to conduct treatments against BMSB under the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. The respective departments informed attendees about the updated measures for the upcoming season and emphasized the key role the industry plays in helping to keep Australia and New Zealand free from BMSB. The measures taken in the past years have proven to be successful.

Updated seasonal measures

Now, in order to maintain successful results, Australia and New Zealand continuously review the measures throughout the season and may make necessary adjustments based on detections of BMSB and changes in the risk pathways. Currently, new seasonal measures for BMSB risk season 2022-23 include the following.

Heat treatment
  • Emerging risk countries – China and UK only
  • Chapters 39, 94 and 95 will be subject to random inspections for emerging risk countries

A full update can be found under this leading link.


The session was concluded with a big thank you to the industry. It requires teamwork to keep the BMSB out of Australia and New Zealand. And that’s exactly what we offer you: teamwork! EWS Group is an approved BMSB treatment provider for both heat treatment and fumigation with a vast experience in the two fields. We would gladly team up with you to make sure your questions about shipment to Australia and New Zealand during BMSB risk season are answered and that you are provided with the right treatment and certificates complying with the requirements as set out in the scheme, allowing for carefree shipment.

Any questions?

Should you have any questions or seek technical advice, please do not hesitate to contact our BMSB expert Dennis van der Leeden.

Approved BMSB treatment provider

Office: +31 85 04 98 522
Mobile: +31 6 829 77 111
Email: d.vanderleeden@ews.group.com

We look forward to working together with you!

A new perspective on rodent management

A new perspective on rodent management

Pests, whether you are a facility manager, wholesaler, catering entrepreneur, or manager of a building, you are responsible for preventing, detecting, and controlling them. The latter is becoming increasingly difficult though. From 2017, chemical control of rodents outdoors may only be carried out by professionals in the pest control industry. However, as of 1st January 2023, new legislation requires the application of an integrated rodent management system outdoors as well as indoors.

Dutch industry organization KPMB refers to ‘a new perspective on rodent management’. Pest management companies have been preparing for this new legislation by taking further training and qualifying for certification. This means that from 2023 you may no longer be able to work with chemical pesticides yourself, but that you can always call on a certified pest management company. And that is good to know!

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

But of course, you prefer not to have any rodents or other pests in or around your building at all. And that is exactly what pest control today focuses on: preventing pests rather than controlling them. Control in the literal sense of the word is the last resort. The method is called Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. It is a sustainable method to control pests only when preventive measures have proven to be inadequate.

Your organization probably already adheres to the basic regulations regarding hygiene conditions. However, architectural factors play a role as well. Did you know, for example, that mice can make their way into your building through an opening of half a centimetre? That’s why architectural advice is part of a good pest management plan. As well as advice regarding habitat. Everything to keep unwanted guests out.  


Cooperation between pest manager and customer is essential to this. No matter how professionally and competently your IPM technician does their job, lasting results are not self-evident without commitment and involvement from you, the client. So, when it comes to pest management, you would rather look for a partner than ‘just’ a service provider.

After taking stock, a good partner in pest management will map out the nature, extent, severity and risks of any pest already present. This results in a tailor-made pest management plan including a map, plan of approach, an agreement, advice and action points for you, the client. Action points include, for example, filling holes with steel wool or minimizing cracks with brush weather stripping.


In order to ensure that the measures are effective, good communication between pest manager and client is important. Pest managers often work with an online communication system that both parties have access to. Convenient for the client to stay informed of the findings of the pest manager and essential to the pest manager to know what actions the client has already taken.

This creates teamwork between pest manager and client, with successful pest management as a result. Successful in the sense that you keep any unwanted guests out, and successful in the sense that you don’t have to resort to chemical agents such as those prohibited from 1st January 2023 for controlling rodents. If, in a worst-case scenario, chemical control turns out the be the only way out, then know that a KPMB-certified pest management company is your partner!


EWS Group is that certified pest management company. Want to know how we can be of service to you? Feel free to contact us via + 31 (0)183 301270 or j.vanderhoeven@ews-group.com.

Cockroaches aboard ships

Cockroaches. With over 4,500 species worldwide, they come in all shapes and sizes. Whether the German, Oriental or Brown-banded cockroach, one thing is for sure:

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Eco Worldwide Solutions B.V. takes over Ronada Ongediertebestrijding B.V.

EWS strengthens its position in the pest control industry with the acquisition of Ronada Ongediertebestrijding B.V.

CEO Joren Nieuwenhuizen takes over Ronada from founder Martin Rijkers, who over the past 10 years has developed Ronada into a specialist in pest control, bird protection and woodworm control. The Ronada team consists of specialized employees and is located in Alkmaar.

Martin Rijkers; half a year ago I made the choice for myself to take a step back, so my wish to settle abroad could take shape. The most important thing for me is that my employees are included in an environment that is consistent with the culture of the company. I found this in EWS.

Joren Nieuwenhuizen; when we were offered the opportunity to strengthen ourselves with Ronada, it felt right from the first moment. This is entirely in line with the growth strategy of EWS to gain a larger position in the pest control industry. We have grown rapidly in recent years through organic growth, adding existing companies to our group is the next phase to realize our growth ambitions.

Ronada will continue to exist under its own name and will move to a new location in the Alkmaar region in the very short term. In the coming months, a knowledge transfer will take place so that we can serve our customers even better and we can continue the current line.

It may be difficult to find a bigger word than pride

We are approaching the final month of 2020, what an unimaginable year has this been for all of us. The coronavirus has turned the lives of many of us upside down, everything that seemed normal is no langer obvious.

We aften work from home, we had no meetings and keep a distance from each other. Restaurants that closed, it is no langer allowed to receive more than a number of guests at home and we need to wear face masks; it seems to be a surreal world.

Despite this odd situation, we all accomplish it by putting our shoulders to the wheel and letting the work continue! We want to let you know that we appreciate this very much and it is good to see that everyone is taking their responsibility. We realize that it is not always easy, the col leagues who cannot see each other at the offices, the communication that aften takes place via Teams, mail or telephone. For a specific period we were not even allowed to visit certain countries.

From the beginning of the corona panda mie, we have let you know that we are proud of our approach and intensive cooperation within all divisions and countries. lt may be difficult to find a bigger word than pride, but it is unprecedented how we all get through this difficult period. Every week/ month there is a possibility that the taken measures have to be revised. The flexibility and adaptability within our company is an example for many.

We will not let this pandemie stop us from continuing our business, of course in a responsible manner. lt even gave us the strenght to open a new office in ltaly, the NCP building was renovated recently, KGN has built a new office, we have started building for VacQpack the first of the three experience centers in the USA and an office has been opened in Vietnam. The recruitment of new colleagues also has continued. This year alone we have welcomed more than 80 new colleagues. within the group.

We have noticed that many colleagues, who aften work from home, have a need for personal contact with their colleagues; unfortunately this still has to take place via Teams meetings for the time being. As soon as it will be safe to meet again, we will certainly arrange this.

The current situation will not al low us to carne togheter for closing the year by having a Christmas dinner. This is a pity, because we would have enough to discuss with each other. of course we will carne up with a creative solution to end this year in style, you will be informed about this.

We want to thank you for your flexibility and efforts, we can be proud of each other! Above all, stay healthy and if you have any problems, let us know, togheter wel will solve the issues.

A big thank you, we hope to see each other again as soon as possible and pick up our “old lifes” again.

Joren Nieuwenhuizen

Moulds and damage

Fungi and toadstools or mushrooms are actually fast developed molds organism. Long-term moisture content of at least 22% can cause fungi on grass, trees, but also in basements and wooden floors. We think about beautiful mushrooms in nature knowing by red with white dots, but fungi in houses make us less happy and entail serious health risks and material damage. Few facts about fungi.

Fungi indoors is nothing more than a plague of a living organism. Not only due to high moisture content and poor ventilation, but also due to the spreading of seeds or spore  a serious pest can arise in no time. So be there on time!

If you say autumn, you also say mushrooms. In autumn is more organic material are available for fungi to feed themselves. But the fungus is actually present all year and in all seasons through a network of wires. Especially in basements and crawl spaces, it remains cool and moist and the wood serves as a good breeding ground through cellulose (nutrient of moulds).

Catch a cold
In fall or spring you might think you have a nose cold after another sneeze or sniffling. It may well be that there are moulds in your house. Are the plinths becoming loose and do you smell an earthy, stale air? Then all alarm bells should ring.

Fungi are most common in crawl spaces and basements in homes built before 1960. These homes consist of wooden floors where fungi can easily settle. The behaviour of residents can influence the development of fungi. Some tenants report fungal nuisance too late, because they simply do not notice it. Leaks, little ventilation and being economical with heating are also detrimental. Within a few months, a hole will be form in the floor due to uncontrollable fungi . Another reason to turn the heater up in fall and winter.


Fungi are treatable and damage can be limited by acting in time. EWS Pest control employees are qualified specialists who, after the removal of moulds, can treat the room preventively against moulds by, for example, placing insulation chips so that the room remains drier. You can say goodbye for a long time to all your fungi problems.

Lineas and EWS Group double fumigation capacity in Port of Antwerp

Antwerp, 15 October 2020 – EWS Group, that specializes in fumigation and gas measurement, together with Lineas, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, will double the fumigation capacity at the Main Hub in Antwerp. This enables them to meet the strongly increased demand for lumber transport from Europe to China. Every week more than 3.000 containers of wood pass through the Main Hub, double of last year’s 1.000 – 1.500 containers per week.

Hundreds of thousands of containers lumber leave Europe for China every year, where it is processed into chipboard and furniture. This wood comes from German production forests, that have recently become infested with the bark beetle, increasing the speed at which the trees need to be cut.

The wood travels by rail or truck to the Port of Antwerp. The fumigation process then neutralizes the beetles. Fumigation, also known as the quarantine treatment, is mandatory for wood to be transported to China.

After a treatment of 24 hours, the containers can continue their journey. Thanks to a railway connection with the fumigation zone, the containers are brought straight to the deep-sea quays on Lineas’ so-called LORO and RORO trains. They run several times a day to the deep-sea quays on the Port of Antwerp’s Left Bank and Right Bank.

Due to the increased demand from China, Lineas and EWS Group have doubled their capacity on the Main Hub. The cooperation started in 2017 with two zones for twenty 40ft containers. The terminal will now be extended to four zones for twenty 40ft containers.

About EWS Group

EWS Group is the specialist and innovative partner for all forms of pest control, fumigation, gas measurements, ventilation and bio treatment of goods in storage.

The headquarters of EWS Group is located in Werkendam, the Netherlands. In addition to the headquarters in the Netherlands, EWS has several European branches in Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, England, Spain and Germany.

The mission of EWS Group is to remove the customer’s concerns about bioinfections and hygiene risks. Our vision is to realize, together with our employees, a leading position in the industry through cooperation, innovations and transparent agreements with clients. EWS Group takes into account the effects of our business operations on people, environment and society.

About Lineas

Lineas is the largest private rail freight operator in Europe with its headquarters in Belgium and branches in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. 

The company’s mission is to provide rail products and services of such quality that customers shift the transportation of their goods from road to rail in order to improve their supply chain and reduce the negative impact of their operations on climate, mobility and air quality.

Lineas’ main product is the Green Xpress Network, which provides fast and reliable rail connections between Belgium and major European hubs on a daily basis. It bundles different types of freight into a single train. The GXN offer was launched in 2014 and already has 20 connections.

Lineas employs more than 2,100 people and has a fleet of more than 250 locomotives and 7,000 wagons. The company’s shareholders are the independent private equity group Argos Wityu together with the management of Lineas (90%) and NMBS (10%).


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In this portal you can register and follow your gas measurements of containers. Schedules are visible 24/7 and it is nice to know that you can make your own analysis.

The portal serves as a fully automated reduction tool that is truly unique in the market.

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The Duration of ventilation when gas releases in containers is difficult to predict

Many people do not realize that dangerous gases are released from goods inside of sea containers. For Arjen van Perk, Operations Support Coordinator at EWS Gas Measurement, this is a daily routine. How much dangerous gas will be release in a sea container cannot be predicted, but accidents and damage can be prevented. Arjen explains how.

The first question is how these dangerous gases actually arise. “A little knowledge of physics and chemistry is useful, Arjen warns. “In the production of goods, there is a frequent use of solvents”. As the temperature in a sea container increases, the speed of the molecules of these solvents increases and will escape from the product. This is called “desorption”. There is very little ventilation in a sea container so these molecules will accumulate in gaseous form. The concentration will possibly increase during transit.

Limit value
Due to progressive insight, limit values ​​of various substances are regularly adjusted downwards. After extensive research at European level, limit values are set for additional gases. A common gas that has been found in recent years, for example, is ethylene oxide (EtO). This substance is often used to sterilise medical products.

The gases in a closed sea container will release when the container is unloaded. These potentially dangerous concentrations of gas can be inhaled by logistics personnel who have to unload the containers. In the long term, this can be very harmful to health. The gases can adversely affect fertility and cause hereditary changes and / or cancer. This certainly applies to the so-called CMR substances. The gases found in containers that have been “fumigated” with Methyl Bromide, Phosphine and Sulfuryl difluoride against insects can even result in instant death. “The concentrations of gases cannot be predicted, so measuring and ventilating when the concentration is to high is the best option to prevent damage to health,” says Arjen.

It is difficult to predict how long ventilation will take. It has to do with the level of the gas concentration at the start of the ventilation, the temperature and how the cargo is loaded inside the sea container. When a sea container is full of boxes, it is still difficult to achieve efficient air circulation with a fan. Goods that are composed of fiber material and glue such as chipboard, will continue to evaporate gases even after ventilation for a longer period of time. “If it appears that ventilation of the container has no effect, we can unload the container for the customer with the use of  respiratory protection” , says Arjen.