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Nogales CBP Intercepts First in Nation Pest

Release Date: 
October 7, 2014

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.

CBP Agriculture Specialists at the Port of Nogales identifed a first in the nation pest.

CBP Agriculture Specialists at the Port of Nogales identifed a first in the nation pest.

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.

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February 9, 2017