More Pests Coming
Many of our worst pests are not natives, but came from other parts of the world via ships and planes. As modern transportation has improved and travel between countries increases, more pests are accidentally being introduced into the U.S.
Inspectors of the U.S. Department of Agriculture are charged with finding and intercepting these pests at airports and shipyards, and they stop many thousands of destructive pests from entering our country every year.
According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, increasing travel has multiplied the workload of these inspectors, making pest invasions more likely.
If you go to another country, please don’t bring back fruit or any other items that may contain pests!