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One of world'' s most devastating pests discovered at DC airports

The Khapra beetle is one of the world's most destructive insect pests. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
 The Khapra beetle is one of the world's most destructive insect pests.( Image: U.S. Customs and Border Defense ) The Khapra beetle is among the world’s most damaging insect pests.( Image: U.S. Customs and Border Security)CBP agriculture experts at BWI and Dulles Airports obstructed Khapra beetle in traveler baggage.( Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Defense) CBP farming experts at BWI and Dulles Airports intercepted Khapra beetle in traveler luggage. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection ). BALTIMORE (AP)– The U.S. Customs and Border Security says it has actually obstructed one of the world’s most devastating pests of stored grains, cereals and seeds at two Washington-area airports this year.

A company release Thursday said farming experts at Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport just recently encountered the Khapra beetle, the only bug it takes regulatory action against. The declaration describes the pest as having the potential to economically paralyze exporters.

Dulles experts discovered 4 live adults, 12 live larvae, and several dead larvae and cast skins Jan. 24 in rice a Washington citizen brought from Saudi Arabia. BWI experts discovered two live adults, one dead immature larva, and several cast skins Feb. 23 in cow peas a New York City resident brought from Nigeria.

The food was incinerated.

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