WSBTV: One of "Most Destructive" Pests Intercepted in Atlanta

WSBTV.com reported that one of the most destructive beetlesin the world was recently found in luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  Had this beetle not been found, it could have cost American taxpayers millions of dollars. 

One Of ‘Most Destructive’ Pests Intercepted In Atlanta

ATLANTA — Customs and Border Protection specialists at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport intercepted a small beetle labeled one of the world’s most destructive pests, officials said. 

The discovery was made while officers inspected a small bag of dried beans in the luggage of two international passengers arriving from India, officials said. 

The small beetle larva was slightly larger than a pinhead, officials said. 

Entomologists for the Department of Agriculture identified the insect as a khapra beetle, formally known as Trogoderma granarium. ()

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