Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Khapra Beetle Snagged At O'Hare

" Heroin and opium aren’t the only things that bug federal customs agents working at O’Hare, who recently stopped the importation of an insect classified as one of the top 100 most feared pests in the world.

Customs and Border Protection agricultural specialists working at O’Hare recently opened a seemingly innocent bag of rice being shipped amidst clothing, pots and pans, and other personal effects from India.

Inside they found the tiny Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium Everts), one of the world’s most tenacious and destructive stored-product pests because of its ability to damage grain, according to a release from CBP.

Hard to kill and able to thrive in grain elevators, warehouses and even home pantries, beetle infestations can result in up to 70 percent damage, making grain and grain products inedible and unmarketable. If digested, the pest may also cause diarrhea and vomiting, the release said."

Read more about this little bugger here.