U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists intercepted
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists intercepted a first-in-nation pest at Port of Philadelphia, 4 pests new to Port of Philadelphia and 1 pest new to Port Everglades. The first-in-nation Steirastoma histrionica (Cerambycidae), a species of longhorn beetles, was found inside a container of Costa Rican melons at Port of Philadelphia. Longhorn beetles pose a threat to coniferous and deciduous forests. Several pests new to Delaware Valley have been discovered at Port of Philadelphia including: •A Parandra (Cerambycidae), a species of wood borers, was found inside wood dunnage for steel coils & plates from Brazil. •A Donus zoilus (Curculionidae), a species of clover leaf weevils, was discovered inside a shipment of Costa Rican pineapples. pests of clover and alfalfa. •A Limnobaris calandriformis (Cucurlionidae), a species of true weevils, was also discovered inside a shipment of Costa Rican pineapples. True weevils have been suggested as a possible vector of red-ring disease. •A Paulinia (Acrididae), a species of grasshopper, was discovered inside a shipment of Colombian pineapples. Species of Acrididae, which pose a major threat to prairies, primarily feed off of grains, pasture and vegetable crops. The shipment of Costa Rica melons and Brazilian steel were re-exported. The 3 pineapple shipments were fumigated and released to distributors. CBP at Port Everglades also intercepted a Gypona Sp. (Cicadellidae) inside a shipment of Persian limes from Guatemala, the first time discovering this specific type of pest at the port. They are known to rob plants of vital nutrients and transmit viruses, bacteria and other pathogens from plant to plant. The container of limes was sealed pending quarantine action. On a typical day nationally, CBP inspect over 1 million people as well as air & sea cargo imported to the US and intercept 4,447 prohibited meat, plant materials or animal products, including 425 agriculture pests and diseases.