Intersection of Khapra beetle, Trogoderma granarium (Everts) coming to the U.S. from abroad

Tuesday, November 12, 2013: 2:06 PM
Meeting Room 18 A (Austin Convention Center)
Joel Perez-Mendoza , USDA-APHIS-PPQ, Laredo, TX
Charles Brodel , Plant Inspection Station, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, Miami, FL
The Khapra beetle, Trogoderma granarium (Everts) is a very serious pest of the stored grain and the grain processing industry worldwide. This pest has been nominated as one of the 100 worst invasive species worldwide (Lowe et al. 2000). The Khapra beetle is not known to be established in the U.S.A. but the potential for establishment into the country is a big concern. Therefore, the USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine in conjunction with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agricultural Specialists have a vigorous program to prevent the introduction of this and other foreign pest that could harm the US agriculture and food industry.

In this presentation, we are going to present some data about the current situation of the Khapra beetle number of intersections around the US borders, ports and airports as well as infested commodities and country of origin.