Goods associated with the affected shipments are being traced. The electrical appliance retailer confirmed three stores in Canberra have been closed and Khapra beetles have been tracked to the Home Delivery Centre in Sydney. Published: 12:41 EDT, 19 August 2020 | Updated: 12:42 EDT, 19 August 2020. The department estimated that the damage to the Australian economy would amount to $15.5 billion. Stores at Fyshwick, Belconnen and Tuggeranong in Canberra have been forced to close after three customers bought fridges infested with Khapra beetles. 'Australia maintains a pest free status for Khapra beetle, a serious pest of stored grain and dried food products,' the department said in a statement. They can survive for weeks without food and so can be imported in cargo. The beetle species can "hitchhike" in containers that previously carried high-risk items. Tracing, surveillance, and additional fumigation has been undertaken to ensure the interceptions do not pose an ongoing biosecurity risk. The infested refrigerators were all imported in the same container. READ MORE: "They can be found in stored products and around places where stored products are kept or transported. Close. All Canberra Good Guys Stores Close after Khapra beetle found in fridges. It is considered one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world. The native distribution of T. granarium is not known for certain, but is believed to be the Indian subcontinent, although some authors dispute this; see Banks (1977) for a review. Distribution Top of page. Khapra beetle is number two on Australia’s list of National Priority Plant Pests and was discovered in August in a shipment of fridges from Thailand destined for The Good Guys stores in the ACT. But a week later, there is still no information about what was found or when the stores might reopen, nor about where the three further sites where the beetle has been found are. The company also said the Belconnen and Tuggeranong stores have also been closed while the Sydney facility is currently remaining open. ©2020 compare.honograph.com Store. The Agriculture Department said: The beetle is viewed as a serious threat to Australian agriculture if it were to get out into the environment and then into grain stores. They played defensive football, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8627161/The-Good-Guys-forced-close-three-stores-Canberra-BEETLE-imported-Thailand.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490. Stores at Fyshwick, Belconnen and Tuggeranong in Canberra have closed after the beetles were imported in a shipment of fridges from Thailand. One of the most destructive beetles in the world is responsible for three The Good Guys stores closing after being imported in a shipment of fridges from Thailand. They can infest dried grain and seed products, destroying huge amounts of crops. They can infest dried grain and seed products, destroying huge amounts of crops. The electrical appliance retailer confirmed three stores in the Canberra area have been closed and the beetle has also been tracked to the Home Delivery Centre in Sydney. While the beetles are not dangerous to humans they are incredibly destructive to agricultural crops - with the potential cost to the industry being estimated at $15.5billion. 'The recent interceptions occurred in imported non-food goods, such as refrigerators, car parts, nuts and bolts, as well as empty containers and high-risk food goods such as spices and flour.'. The Department of Agriculture has revealed that there are now six sites in the ACT where the Khapra beetle has been found. Another store has been closed beyond the Good Guys stores in Fyshwick and Belconnen where the beetle was first discovered. 'The Good Guys are working with the Department of Agriculture regarding traces of a Khapra Beetle that were detected in a supplier shipment of Fridges on Tuesday at The Good Guys Fyshwick (ACT),' the company said in a statement on Friday. Goods associated with the affected shipments are being traced. The khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium), also called cabinet beetle, which originated in South Asia, is one of the world's most destructive pests of grain products and seeds. The detections have been in non-food goods such as refrigerators and car parts but also in high-risk food products such as spices and flour. Good Guys Fyshwick remains closed due to a biosecurity risk.