POSTED: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 3:27pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:01am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Mother's Day is this weekend, and that means lots and lots of flowers coming and going across our bridges.
US Customs and Border Patrol agriculture specialists will check for insects, pests and diseases in various flowers.
CBP officers will check for any potential health and safety hazards that could harm the plant and agriculture industries here.
While there are typically only a few pests in the flowers that could be considered harmful, just one could cause serious damage, which translates to millions of dollars lost trying to eradicate them.
CBP officers urge you to visit their website to find out exactly what kind of plants and flowers are permissible, and which ones are not.
"All our officers are looking for our insects or plant diseases and trying to prevent those from coming into the country and then of course, costing millions of dollars to eradicate the pest or diseases from plants in the United States," said CBP spokesman Eddie Perez.
Mother's Day is one of the busiest holidays for CBP agriculture specialists to check for pests and diseases.