seek public's help in curtailing spread of invasive snails in Capitol
Lake (Nov 24, 2009)
moth detected in Oakville area: European grapevine moth a known grape
pest (PDF | 137 KB) (Oct 12, 2009)
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
First known discovery of New Zealand mud snails in Puget Sound. See a fact
sheet (PDF | 571 KB) for more information.
Napa County (California). Department of Agriculture
and Weights and Measures.
A single European grapevine moth, Lobesia botrana, has been detected
in the Oakville region of Napa County, along with larvae. This is the first known
detection of this invasive species in the U.S.
That Ate The South Is Here! Dreaded Invasive Kudzu Vine Has Been Found In
Ontario (Sep 22, 2009)
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
Kudzu has been discovered for the first time in Canada, in Ontario.
Killing Redbay Trees Makes First Appearance in Mississippi (PDF | 93 KB) (Aug
State of Mississippi. Department
of Agriculture and Commerce. Bureau of
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) and Mississippi
Forestry Commission have confirmed the positive identification of laurel wilt
disease in Jackson County, where the disease was discovered killing redbay
trees in late July. Laurel wilt can spread in at least two ways: one is via
the beetle's natural reproduction and migration. A second way is through the
sale and transport of beetle-infested wood, a result of redbay's use as firewood
and for outdoor grilling.
Wilt Disease Confirmed On Avocado Sample From Homestead, Florida (Jul
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson announced
the confirmation of laurel wilt disease in an avocado sample from Homestead,
Florida. This find represents the first laurel wilt confirmation in a commercial
Take Steps to Contain the Commonwealth's First Confirmed Infestation of Zebra
Mussels (PDF | 25 KB) (Jul 8, 2009)
Massachussets Department of Conservation
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has confirmed the
presence of zebra mussels, a highly aggressive aquatic invasive species, at
Laurel Lake in Lee and Lenox. See Zebra
Mussel page for more information.
of Citrus Greening in Chatham County, Georgia (PDF | 12 KB) (Jun 19,
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
This is the first confirmation of citrus greening in the State of Georgia.
Emerald Ash Borer Found in
New York State: Surveys and Monitoring in Cattaraugus County Area To Help
Delineate Spread of Invasive Beetle (Jun 17, 2009) / see Current Status
of EAB in New York State
New York State Department of Environmental
An Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation has
been discovered in Randolph, Cattaraugus County. The EAB is a small but destructive
beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species, including green,
white, black and blue ash. This is the first time it has been detected in New
of the South American cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) in Jefferson
Parish, Louisiana (Jun 2, 2009)
Louisiana State University. AgCenter.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed detections of the
South American cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
This is the first confirmed detection of this pest in Louisiana.
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed
at Two Locations in Kentucky (May 26, 2009)
University of Kentucky. College of
Officials with the Office of the State Entomologist in the University of Kentucky
Entomology Department on May 22, 2009 announced two confirmed occurrences in
Kentucky of emerald ash borer, an invasive insect pest of ash trees. These
are the first findings of this destructive insect in the state. See Kentucky's
Emerald Ash Borer page for more information.
Officials Find Emerald Ash Borer Infestation in St. Paul Neighborhood (May
Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced the discovery of an emerald
ash borer infestation in St. Paul just northeast of the intersection of Interstate
94 and Highway 280. This is the first detection of the destructive tree pest
Greening Found in South Carolina (Apr 14, 2009)
Southeast Farm Press.
A plant disease that presents a serious threat to the U.S. citrus
industry has been located in Charleston County in South Carolina. Federal and
state plant-health officials have confirmed the presence of citrus greening.
An infected tree produces fruit that is bitter and unmarketable. Officials
are establishing a quarantine to prohibit the movement of citrus plants and
other hosts from the area. This is the first confirmation of citrus greening
in South Carolina. See Citrus
Greening from Clemson Unviversity for more information and to report an
infected citrus tree.
Orchid Mealybug, Pseudococcus dendrobiorum (Apr 2, 2009)
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer
Services. Division of Plant Industry.
Pseudococcus dendrobiorum has had
its first report not only in this country,
and in this hemishpere Predicting the economic
significance of this mealybug is difficult
due to the lack of information on the economic
impact of this mealybug.
African Bee Detected
in Southern Utah (Jan 2009)
Utah Department of Agriculture and
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has detected the presence
of the Africanized Honey Bee in Washington and Kane Counties of Southern Utah.