TUCSON, Ariz. – A U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologist confirmed earlier this week that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the Nogales commercial facility in southern Arizona discovered a new pest to the nation when they intercepted, Eburia baroni of the family Cerambycidae, also known as long-horned beetle, while inspecting a shipment of fresh cherry tomatoes on Sept.1.
The next day, a national USDA identifier confirmed the specimen as a pest requiring quarantine action because of the risk of introducing disease and parasites from other countries. The shipment was fumigated under USDA supervision for eventual release into U.S. commerce. The first in nation interception was confirmed by USDA on October 6. Cerambycidae are usually identified by their extremely long antennae. The larvae, called roundheaded borers, bore into wood where they can cause extensive damage to either living trees or untreated lumber.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.