Exotic Pest Reporting
Khapra Beetle (Trogoderma granarium) is an insect pest of grain products and seeds. It is a native of India and was first detected in California in 1953.
It is considered one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world. The beetle prefers hot, dry conditions and can be found in areas where grain and other potential food is stored, such as pantries, malthouses, grain and fodder processing plants, and stores of used grain sacks or crates. This pest has been eradicated in the U.S.. Surveying continues due to its destructive potential.
This insect pest has been identified by USDA-APHIS as a serious threat to US Agriculture and Natural Resources, and surveys have been planned for multiple states.
Summaries of State Plant Protection Laws and Regulations
11/28/2012 - Pest Surveillance Priority for Harvest
04/02/2012 - Customs agents seize destructive beetle in Phoenix