Destructive Khapra Beetle Pest Intercepted at Atlanta Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport recently intercepted the destructive pest in the luggage of two international passengers arriving from India.

March 23, 2011

ATLANTA  - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport recently intercepted a destructive pest in the luggage of two international passengers arriving from India.

CBP agriculture specialists inspecting a small bag of dried beans noticed a very small beetle larva slightly larger than a pinhead. The captured larva was sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for identification.

Entomologists confirmed the insect was the khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium), one of the world's most destructive pests of stored seed and grain products. CBP agriculture specialists confiscated and destroyed the beans to prevent the insect from entering the country.

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Source: wsav

 

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