CBP agriculture specialists inspecting floral arrangements

LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - With the Valentine’s Day holiday right around the corner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is making sure your flowers are pest free from any parasitic insects.

CBP’s highly skilled agriculture specialists are examining hundreds of flowers to ensure that plant diseases and plant pests are detected and stopped from crossing into the U.S.

CBP agriculture specialists are at the front line to fight against the introduction of harmful insects and diseases into the United States.

Officials say the most commonly prohibited flowers and plant are chrysanthemums and choysia. CBP says these items are not allowed to enter into the U.S. because they are known to harbor harmful pests and diseases.

Those who are planning to purchase flowers in Mexico and transport them to the U.S. should advise their florist accordingly so prohibited plants will not be used in their flower arrangement.