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By Gig Conaughton
County of San Diego Communications Office 

Keep off Santa's naughty list – don't pack a pest

 

Last updated 12/27/2018 at 8:29pm

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Invasive pests can find their way into luggage.

It could be mealy bugs in that homemade fruit basket, gypsy moth eggs hidden in the wreath from grandma's house, whiteflies in those hand-picked poinsettias or a dangerous plant virus in citrus picked from the backyard.

Nobody wants to give – or get – a gift like that. They're not only going to gross somebody out, they could also wreak havoc on San Diego County's $1.77 billion agricultural industry.

So, remember this holiday season: don't pack a pest.

The holidays are all about traveling, sending and exchanging gifts. And if residents are not careful, they could accidentally pack a h...



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