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03-09-2018, 07:11 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday that the world’s “most destructive pest” was discovered in passenger luggage by customs officials at two airports in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region.

During a standard inspection on Feb. 23, agriculture specialists working for the Department of Homeland Security at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport found two live adult Khapra beetles, one dead immature larva and several cast skins in two pounds of insect-infested cow peas, which are not allowed to be transported into the United States.

The prohibited peas belonged to a New York City resident who arrived at BWI from Nigeria. On March 6, the suspected toxic beetles were confirmed to be Trogoderma granarium by an entomologist from the Agriculture Department, the Washington Examiner reported

The second incident occurred on Jan. 24, when agriculture specialists at Washington Dulles International Airport discovered four live Khapra beetle adults, 12 live larvae, and several dead larvae and cast skins throughout a five-kilogram bag of prohibited basmati rice. A Washington, D.C., resident had attempted to bring in the rice from Saudi Arabia.


Angry Old White Man
03-09-2018, 07:33 PM
Hmmm, nothing says eating like cow peas :biggrin-new: