by Claudine Zap
As if hurricanes and earthquakes weren’t enough, there’s another menace to worry about: the discovery of one of the world’s “most feared” pests, now on U.S. soil. Meet the Khapra beetle. The bug, in larva stage, was identified by Chicago customs officials in a 10-pound bag of rice that came from India. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol describes the bug as “one of the world’s most tenacious and destructive stored-produce pests because of its ability to damage grain.” And worse, “Infestations can result in up to 70 percent grain damage, making products inedible and unmarketable.” There’s more.
Quoted from Khapra Beetle Bugs U.S. Border Patrol on Yahoo! Buzz Log
Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) is a destructive pest that can reproduce rapidly in stored products under hot conditions and is a significant biosecurity risk to Australia. Behavior. The khapra beetle, a major stored-product and food pest in large swatches of Asia and Africa, has been listed as one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world. The is native to India and has bee established in other countries in the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia and Africa. In 1953, an extensive infestation was found in California. Subsequent surveys revealed its Tags: usda, aphis, khapra, beetle, khapra beetle - Trogoderma granarium This has never been observed to fly; therefore, its spread is probably dependent on movement of infested goods or in containers where it may be transported while in diapause. Detection and Management (Back to Cabinet s are a small round which will prosper in pantries, closets and warehouses where wheat grain, cereal and other food is stored.