driving south on U.S. Highway 101 have traditionally been stopped
at the California border at the Smith River Agriculture Inspection
Station so employees can check for fruits or vegetables that could
the "bug station," as the locals call it, will change
the way it does inspections and has ceased hiring seasonal employees
because of a major budget reduction to the inspection program.
Lyle, Public Affairs Officer for the California Department of Food
and Agriculture, said the new focus would be inspecting commercial
trucks, RVs and moving vans, “which have shown a greater risk of
introduction of pests into California,” the Curry Coastal Pilot reports.
said the changes would occur at the 17 inspection stations in the
said pests found at inspection stations include the gypsy moth,
imported fire ant, boll weevil, Mexican fruit fly, zebra mussel,
pecan weevil, Japanese beetle and the Mexican fruit fly.