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It’s the holiday season, so don’t pack a pest


Last updated 12/22/2017 at Noon

Gig Conaughton

County of San Diego Communications Office

When is a gift not a gift? When it’s carrying pests and destruction.

So do everyone a favor and don’t pack a pest.

The holidays are a time to travel and to exchange and send gifts. But people travel so fast in the modern world that they can carry or ship a bug or virus thousands of miles in a matter of hours. A thoughtful gift could wreck agricultural crops, force quarantines and hurt the environment.

A homemade holiday fruit basket could carry creepy mealy bugs. A clipping from grandma’s wreath might be laden with...

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