/Texas Border Agents Intercept Rare Bug Known to Cause Agriculture Damage

Texas Border Agents Intercept Rare Bug Known to Cause Agriculture Damage

Customs officers in South Texas intercepted a unusual pest in a current cargo of Vegatables and fruits from Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Safety said Tuesday.

CBP agriculture specialists On the Pharr Worldwide Bridge found the insect July 7 inside a cargo of jackfruit, the agency said in a information launch.

After shut investigation, the agriculture specialist submitted the bug for identification to the U. S. Division of Agriculture entomology, it was decided thOn the pest was the Cyclocephala forcipulata or Scarabaeidae insect.

CBP said the insect has by no means been found at One other of the nation’s borders or ports.

“Our agriculture specialists assist shield American agriculture and contribute to the nation’s financial security by denying entry to invasive species not acknowledged to exist Inside the U.S.” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. 

Additionally referred to as the Scarab, the insect is A Sort of beetle That Can be Current in Mexico. The pest’s larvae will eOn the roots of crops and adults feed on their aerial parts of crops.

As a Outcome of the bug isn’t widespread in The united statesit Might be detrimental to U.S. agriculture, CBP said.

Border brokers refused entry to the cargo and returned it again to Mexico.