Friday, January 7, 2011
At Los Angeles International Airport, customs agents intercepted a bag of rice that contained eight invasive beetles known as khapra beetles. Agents destroyed the bag of rice because if the beetles were to get loose, it would cause an invasive species launch. These beetles reproduce rapidly, hide in cracks and are very small. By hiding in tiny places, khapra beetles can avoid insecticide sprays and improper spraying has led to a resistance in the beetles. In order to wipe out an infestation, expensive and extensive fumigation is required. Click here to read more and to see pictures of the khapra beetle.