POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 4:50pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 8:53am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — 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.