‘Destructive’ Beetle Discovered at International Falls Port
Also know as the "voracious feeder" of grain, the CBP has intercepted the Khapra Beetle larvae that was discovered in a commercial shipment manifested as welding wire from China last month.
According to CPB.gov, CPB agriculture specialist discovered the larvae on May 12th at the International Falls port of entry and were sent to the United States Department of Agriculture regional laboratory for further testing and identification. On May 21st, they were identified as Khapra Beetle (Trogoderma granarium Everts) Larvae.
The Khapra beetle is a dangerous pest to American agriculture. This discovery is an excellent example of how dedicated our agriculture specialists are in protecting our nation’s crops and natural resources. - Jason Schmelz, CBP Area Port Director
If left unchecked, these beetles can cause serious harm to stored grain and other stored products. These beetles have been discovered before in burlap bags, corrugated boxes as well as in animal hides. Native to India, the Khapra Beetle has spread through out Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe and Eastern Asia. According to the CBP, the beetle is considered to be one of the most destructive pest of grain and seed products in the world.