We’ve all heard tons of news about bed bugs this past year. So, of course, they made it in our industry for the most talked about insect of 2010. But did you know each year 2 new bugs invade the US? According to the Manilla Bulletin Publishing Corporation each year, about two exotic, forest-dwelling insect species take hold in the United States.

Most often the inspectors catch the pests before they have an opportunity to gain entry. But come on, do you really think they can catch every bug? Our ports are busy and most bugs are tiny and hard to see. So, two breaking through doesn’t seem to be too bad. Just don’t tell that to those who have to deal with the damage.

Our world is becoming smaller. You can hook up a camera and start talking to someone on the other side of the world and order lawn furniture direct from the manufacturer in Bali. In fact, it could be this ability to import too much today that adds to these buggers getting through customs. Researchers found that LA and the New York area are hot spots for foreign insect entry.

In 2006, the United States adopted international standards known as ISPM15 (International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade). The standards require all imported wood products and packing material to be fumigated or heat-treated. But the research has shown even treated wood can harbor insects. Until a better solution can be identified more vigilance is necessary in order to fend off foreign infestations.

 

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