Mother's Day flowers inspected on invasive bugs

Who doesn't love getting flowers any time of the year? And with Mother's Day coming up, one of the biggest bouquet days of the year in the United States, you may not know that 80% of their flowers are imported from overseas. This means that the entire process of getting bouquets without bugs in them has to go through an enormous and necessary process first.

Before your favorite flower shop or online flower site sees those flowers, the majority of them must clear customs at Boston Logan International Airport or smaller New England Airports in New Hampshire and Maine, with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection looking for bugs that aren't native.

As a matter of fact, the European Gypsy Moth, according to the New Hampshire Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, is just one pest that U.S. Customs and Border Protection makes sure isn't hiding among our roses.

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