Destructive Termite Species Intercepted in Philadelphia

Next week — March 15-21, 2015 — is National Termite Awareness Week, an annual observance by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to promote public vigilance against termites. And what better way is there to promote public vigilance than to capture a potentially destructive termite species stowed away in cargo? The U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

Three Non-native Insects Intercepted by CBP Agents in Philadelphia Port

Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Philadelphia intercepted two insect species that were never before recorded in the U.S., plus a third one that has never been recorded in the Philadelphia area. The identifications of all three were recently confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The CBP agriculture specialists […]

Two Pest Insects Intercepted by CBP Agents at the Mexican Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at two South Texas ports of entry recently intercepted a first-in-the-nation pest and a first-time port interception of a particular pest within commercial produce shipments. “Our nation’s food supply is constantly at risk from pests not known to occur in the U.S.” said David P. Higgerson, director […]

Baltimore CBP Agents Stop Invasive Chinese Moth at Seaport

In December, 2013 we reported that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intercepted an ant from Italy while inspecting a shipment of ceramic tiles in Baltimore. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the same CBP office recently made a first-in-the-nation pest discovery when they intercepted a moth, Nemapogon gersimovi, while inspecting […]

Valentine’s Day Flowers Could Contain Invasive Insects

A local TV station in Texas recently reported from a border inspection station in El Paso, where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are inspecting imported flowers for invasive insects. “Like anything of agriculture, cut flowers carry diseases and insects,” said Katherine Vasquez, supervisor of agriculture inspections for Customs and Border Protection in El Paso. […]