(BALTIMORE, Mass.) CBP Report: Agricultural Specialists recently discovered nine egg masses of the highly in vasive Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) aboard four vehicle carrier vessels together with live Khapra beetle larvae, o ne of the world’s most destructive insect pests #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.17: Being one of the nation’s busiest vehicle import ports provides regional economic vitality, but it also presents unique agricultural threats for Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists in Baltimore to mitigate:

Baltimore CBP Detects Nine Asian Gypsy Moth Egg Masses on Four Vehicle Carrier Vessels

Also discover live destructive Khapra beetle in a shipping container

Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists recently intercepted nine egg masses of the highly invasive and destructive Asian Gypsy Moth on four vehicle carrier vessels in the Port of Baltimore.CBP agriculture specialist scraping
free an AGM egg mass.

CBP agriculture specialists recently had their hands full mitigating nine egg masses of the highly invasive Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) that they discovered aboard four vehicle carrier vessels: Agriculture specialists also intercepted a live Khapra beetle larvae, one of the world’s most destructive insect pests:

These interceptions included:

  • Four suspected AGM egg masses discovered aboard the vehicle carrier M/V Graceful Leader on September 4. The vessel arrived after a July port call in Japan. On September 9, the USDA verified the egg masses as Lymantria dispar asiatica/japonica (AGM).
  • One suspected AGM egg mass discovered aboard the vehicle carrier M/V Hoegh Africa on August 29. The vessel arrived after making June port calls to South Korea and China. On September 3, the USDA verified the egg mass as Lymantria dispar asiatica/japonica (AGM).
  • One suspected live Khapra beetle larva and one cast skin on a container that arrived from Nigeria aboard the M/V Grande Sierra Leone on August 27. The container was shipped from Nigeria. On August 28, the USDA verified the specimen as Trogoderma granarium Everts (Khapra beetle).
  • Two suspected AGM egg masses discovered aboard the vehicle carrier M/V Hoegh Jacksonville on August 27. The vessel arrived after a June port call to Japan. On September 1, the USDA verified the egg masses as Lymantria dispar asiatica/japonica (AGM).
  • Two suspected AGM egg masses discovered aboard the vehicle carrier M/V Figaro on August 21. The vessel arrived after a June port call to Japan. On August 25, the USDA verified the egg masses as Lymantria dispar asiatica/japonica (AGM).

Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists recently intercepted nine egg masses of the highly invasive and destructive Asian Gypsy Moth on four vehicle carrier vessels in the Port of Baltimore.Egg mass of the highly invasive and
destructive Asian Gypsy Moth.

CBP agriculture specialists discovered the egg masses affixed to various parts of the four ships, scraped them clean and treated the areas with a pesticide spray: “Vehicle carriers are large ships, so inspecting them is a tremendous task for Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists, but a very necessary mission to protect our regional agricultural industries from destructive, invasive pests,” said Casey Durst, Director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. “CBP remains steadfast in our commitment to vigilantly protect our nation’s agriculture every day against the extraordinary threat posed by invasive insects and highly pathogenic animal and plant diseases that threaten our economic security.”

Asian Gypsy Moth and Khpara beetle are two of the most destructive insect pests in the world. Neither are known to occur in the United States: According to the USDA, AGM poses a significant threat to our nation’s forests and urban landscapes. AGM are known to be extremely mobile — females can travel up to 25 miles per day — are attracted to lights, can lay egg masses that could yield hundreds of hungry caterpillars, and is itself a voracious eater that attacks more than 500 species of trees and plants: According to the USDA, Khapra beetle is a destroyer of stored grains, cereals and seeds, and it presents a potentially damaging economic impact to United States grain and cereal exports if Khapra beetle was to establish in the U.S. It remains the only insect in which CBP takes regulatory action, even when the insect is in a dead state: CBP agriculture specialists have extensive training and experience in the biological sciences and agricultural inspection, inspect tens of thousands of international air passengers, and air and sea cargoes nationally being imported to the United States:

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Sept.17: 2020:

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