POSTED: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 5:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:34pm
Known for attacking and killing live trees.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists have discovered, for the second time in a month. a live wood-boring insect, that could be a threat to trees here in the U.S. in wood packing materials that appear to have been treated according to international standards.
The United States Department of Agriculture at Los Indios Bridge identified the insects as a bark beetle of the Scolytidae family. Some species of the bark beetles are notorious pests that attack and kill live trees.
CBP agriculture specialists working at U.S. ports of entry to ensure that cargo and conveyances are not infested with plant pests and diseases that could harm the agricultural products, plants and trees in the United States.