The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office stopped a different breed of Italian stink bug, Sciocoris sideritidis, from leaving BWI.
BALTIMORE (WUSA9) -- You've probably seen stink bugs everywhere, now that it's getting warm. They're almost impossible to exterminate.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office stopped a different breed of Italian stink bug, Sciocoris sideritidis, from leaving the Baltimore seaport, in a shipment of tiles, during an inspection on Wednesday, officials said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologist confirmed that the bug CBP agents found in the search was a stink bug, that could have caused some major damage and infestation in the U.S.
"CBP issued an Emergency Action Notification to the importer requiring the shipment to be re-exported or fumigated. The importer has chosen the fumigation option," officials said in a news release.
"CBP agriculture specialists have extensive training and experience in the biological sciences and agricultural inspection. On a typical day nationally, they inspect almost 1 million people as well as air and sea cargoes imported to the United States and seize 4,291 prohibited meat, plant materials or animal products, including 470 insect pests."