Tree-Killing Beetle Threat Uprooted at Port of Baltimore

0
Share the News


Longhorn Beetle (via U.S. CBP)
Longhorn Beetle (via U.S. CBP)

Homeland Security agents stationed at the Port of Baltimore uncovered a pest that could’ve put trees at risk in Maryland, and beyond.

While inspecting a shipment of ceramic tiles from China on Oct. 31, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered a suspected longhorn beetle. About two weeks later, a government entomologist later confirmed the identity of the menacing bug via testing.

If allowed to take root on U.S. soil and reproduce, longhorn beetles could pose a risk to orchards on a large scale.

“They are also known to attack a wide range of forest and landscaping trees, boring holes into their trunks, and eventually killing them,” according to a Homeland Security Bulletin.

Upon discovery, the shipment was immediately quarantined and sent to federal inspection facilities where it was identified as a threat. The tile will now be “re-exported,” which we assume means that it will be sent back.



Share the News