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      Exotic beetles sent back to Russia after being discovered in wood shipment

      Live beetle

      A pest has been intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists before making its way into the U.S from Russia for the first time.

      The pest was found inside solid wood packaging at the Brownsville Port of Entry and was then transported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Inspection Station in Los Indios.

      The live wood-boring insects were collected from wood pallets containing merchandise being imported from Russia into the U.S.

      The pests, known as Monochamus galloprovincialis, are a type of exotic species of beetle.

      I applaud out agriculture team for their outstanding commitment in keeping pests and diseases from entering our country and potentially costing our nation millions of dollars to eradicate, Michael T. Freeman the Port Director at the Brownsville Port of Entry said.

      CBP agriculture specialists work to make sure cargo is not infested with harmful plant diseases or pests, which could harm agriculture and natural resources in the U.S.

      Some wood-boring beetles can be harmful to the agriculture environment and infestation can spread at high rates.

      Damage from certain beetles can cost millions of dollars and man hours to get rid of.

      The shipment containing the pests was re-exported to Russia.