Los Angeles is the country’s second busiest port of entry for flowers, with some 37 million stems moving through the airport during last year’s Valentine’s season. Flowers imported to the US are put through a rigorous inspection process. Foreign insects pose serious consequences that could be detrimental to the agriculture of California.
Valentine’s season 2015 – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture inspectors inspected millions of flowers looking for disease and insects.
- They intercepted 372 pests, which they sent off to a federal entomologist.
- Entomologists determine if the bug poses any danger and whether the flower should be treated, sent back to its country of origin or destroyed.