Stopping the Spread
As crazy as it sounds (or maybe not crazy at all) invasive insects cost the U.S. an estimated $120 billion a year in damages to our environment, agriculture and native species. Below I will list out 5 invasive pests, and how you can stop their spread!
Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP):
A disease-infected insect that spreads Huanglongbing (HLB or citrus greening disease) throughout citrus producing states. I order to stop the spread of the ACP; consumers must avoid moving citrus plants. Unfortunately once a tree is infected there is no cure, leading the tree to produce green, misshapen and bitter fruit.
Imported Fire Ants:
Both black and red fire ants commonly move to new, non-infested areas by doing so naturally or by spreading colonies, and potentially even by hitchhiking on agricultural commodities. Reduce their spread by cleaning all farm equipment that may be caked in mud and dirt before moving them between properties.
Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB):
These beetles attack 12 different types of trees, with the most being maple. Once a tree is infested with ALB the tree will due. We can help by reporting signs of ALB that way the spread can be prevented by the state. Signs of ALB include ¼ inch or larger exit holes, egg sites, frass (sawdust-like material) on the ground or in brand crotches, dead or fallen branches and an larva or tunneling holes in cut wood) Make sure you do not move firewood either because you may be moving ALB or other damaging pests.
Although this beetle has not been detected in the United States, we want to be sure that it stays this way as it is one of the world’s most destructive pests. They are a threat to stored agricultural products, including grain, spices, packaged and dried food and animal products. The plants at risk include wheat, barley, oats, rye, maize, rice and flour. To help prevent this beetle from entering the U.S. be sure you are always declaring all agricultural products when traveling internationally.