CBP agriculture specialists’ intercept Russian beetle at port of entry

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 4:50pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 8:53am

U.S. Custom and Border Protection Agriculture Specialist intercepted several live wood boring pests from Russia.

On May 29, CBP agriculture specialist examined a commercial shipment, from Russia, at the Brownsville Seaport  and discovered an adult wood boring pest in wooden pallets.

The pest was identified as Monochamus galloprovincialis (Olivier) and were transported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Inspection Station in Los Indios, Texas for quarantine.

The beetle has only been intercepted in the U.S. six previous times  and this seventh interception is the first in USDA  record to arrive at the Brownsville Port of Entry.

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