Khapra Beetle Restrictions

Khapra Beetle Results in Tighter Restrictions on Rice Imports

Adult Khapra beetle, larva, larval skins and damage
to wheat grains.

New USDA-APHIS restrictions block the importation of rice from all countries known to have the Khapra beetle, Trogoderma granarium, including countries such as Afghanistan, India, Israel, Turkey, and many others. This small brown beetle is a pest of stored grains and other food products. It is known as one of the world’s most destructive pests because it can survive without food for long periods of time, requires little moisture, and is resistant to many insecticides. When U. S. Customs and Border Protection detects other pests in incoming shipments, the shipments are treated and the cargo is allowed to enter the U.S.; however, when Khapra beetle is detected, the shipment is rejected.

-Cory Stanley, USU CAPS Coordinator

The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey is a federal program, administered jointly by USDA-APHIS-PPQ and each state, whose purpose is early detection of invasive species that could threaten U.S. agriculture. In Utah, the program is co-coordinated by Cory Stanley (USU) and Clint Burfitt (UDAF).

Khapra beetles are small, oval-shaped, and very hairy.