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Chinese beetle eats its way out of new furniture

DEER PARK — Rooms To Go refunded a customer's money in this Houston suburb after a large, foreign beetle ate its way out of the family's recently purchased kitchen table, according to a local news report.

The insect left a hole as it chewed its way out of the table purchased by the Robles-Gauna family in March, the report said. The USDA identified it as a teak trunk borer native to south China, where the furniture came from. The agency said it doesn't attack living trees and cannot survive in the United States, ABC affiliate KTRK reported.

A second beetle was found in the same table but that appears to be the extent of the problem, according to Rooms To Go.

"We delivered 654 (of the tables) and haven't had any other beetles," Jeff Seaman, CEO of Seffner, Fla.-based RTG told Furniture/Today.

The retailer also checked out its Texas inventory, which was beetle-free, too.

"It's rare, but occasionally you find a bug in the furniture," Seaman said. "Sometimes it's in the tree and you don't even know it until it comes out. It's very very rare."

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