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Destructive Khapra Beetle Intercepted For Sixth Time In 2011

December 1st, 2011

CountOn2.com (Charleston, SC): Destructive Khapra Beetle Intercepted For Sixth Time In 2011

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists intercepted a destructive insect pest in a package of dried beans arriving from Nigeria.

The pest was sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture for identification, and entomologists confirmed the insect was khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium), one of the world’s most destructive insects of stored seed and grain products.

The beetle is a voracious feeder and is difficult to control once introduced into a region because it feeds on a variety of dried materials, is resistant to insecticides, and can go long periods without food.

CBP Agriculture Specialists confiscated and destroyed the dried beans to prevent the insect from entering the United States.  “Our best defense against many destructive pests, including khapra beetle, is to prevent their entry into the United States” said Stephen Kremer, Area Port Director in Atlanta.

This was the sixth occurrence of khapra beetle entering through the Atlanta airport during 2011.  Previously, the pest had not been intercepted entering through Atlanta since 2006.

Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists protect American agriculture and the food supply by preventing harmful pests, plant and animal diseases, and biological threats from entering the country.

For additional information, please see the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at www.cbp.gov

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