CBP intercept invasive and destructive army ant.


New World Army Ant, source: CBP website

CBP Agriculture Specialists in Florida discovered a rare pest – a New World army ant confirmedĀ  by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The pest was found during an examination of a malanga – a root vegetable commonly found in South America that arrived on a shipment from Mexico.

Customs reports that last year, CBP agriculture specialists intercepted 319 pests per day and quarantined over 4,552 plants, meat, animal byproducts and soil products.

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