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Ohio Department of Agriculture.

In an effort to protect the trees of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is encouraging Ohio citizens to check their trees for signs of the Walnut Twig Beetle and Asian Longhorned Beetle. The Walnut Twig Beetle is a small beetle known to carry a fungus that causes Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD), which can kill walnut trees. Walnut Twig Beetle was first confirmed in Ohio in late 2012 in traps set by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry officials in Butler County. Additionally, scientists from the Ohio Plant Diagnostic Network, a cooperative partnership between ODA and The Ohio State University, recently isolated the TCD fungus from walnut branch samples from the Butler County area, marking the first time TCD has been confirmed in Ohio.

* See our Ohio state resource page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 17, 2014


State of Hawai'i Department of Agriculture.

Another new invasive pest has been detected on Oahu, one that damages coconut trees and other palm plants. The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) was detected at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Dec 23, 2013 during routine surveys conducted.

* See our Hawaii state resource page for additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 16, 2014


Massachusetts Introduced Pest Outreach Project.

The emerald ash borer (EAB) was detected in the western Massachusetts Town of Dalton on Aug 31, 2012, and was confirmed by federal officials on Sep 6, 2012. Massachusetts is the 18th state in the country to detect EAB. See latest news to keep up with the latest Massachusetts pest news. If you think you have seen EAB or signs of EAB tree damage in Massachusetts, use the Emerald Ash Borer Reporting Form. Also see how you can help detect EAB -- wasp watchers wanted!

* See our Massachusetts state resource page for additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 14, 2014


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Khapra beetles are native to India. The first specimen in the U.S. was discovered in California in 1953, but the infestation was eradicated; since then, it has been frequently intercepted on imported cargo. These invasive insects are a destructive pest of grain products and seeds.

* See our Animals section for more information and additional species profiles.

 
Post Date: Sep 26, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Oriental fruit flies were first recorded in Taiwan and were introduced to Hawaii in the 1940s. Several infestations in the continental U.S. have been discovered since then, but all have been eradicated. This species is a destructive pest of fruits and vegetables.

* See our Animals section for more information and additional species profiles.

 
Post Date: Aug 14, 2013


USDA. Blog.

Feral swine are an invasive species with a population that has grown from approximately 1 million in 17 states in the 1980s to more than 5 million across 38 states today. The project is in its 6th month of operation and to date APHIS-Wildlife Services has conducted feral swine work on more than 175 New Mexico properties totaling 4.1 million acres of land. Wildlife Services is using a combination of methods to find and remove feral swine, including the use of surveillance cameras, cage and corral traps, and aerial operations. The New Mexico project is intended to provide guidance and support for a national program to reduce problems associated with feral swine and where possible eliminate feral swine from targeted states.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

European grapevine moths are native to Italy. The first specimen in the U.S. was recorded in Napa County, California in 2009. These invasive moths feed on grapevine flowers and berries, and can cause serious damage to vineyards.

* See our Animals section for more information and additional species profiles.

 
Post Date: Jul 09, 2013


Penn State University. College of Agricultural Sciences. Center for Pollinator Research.

USDA estimates that honey bees and other pollinators play a crucial role in the production of about $30 billion worth of crops. Colony collapse disorder is decimating the honey bee population, and Penn State, one of the country's leading honey bee research facilities, has been investigating the problem both in the lab and in the field.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Kudzu bugs are native to Asia and were detected for the first time in the U.S. in Georgia in 2009. Kudzu bugs damage soybeans and other legume crops.

* See our Animals section for more information and additional species profiles.additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 13, 2013


USDA. Blog.

In this case it is green, a brilliant emerald green, and it is chomping its way through America's forests. The emerald ash borer (EAB) may look pretty, but it is killing our ash trees in our forests and backyards. Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week (May 19-25) is the time of year when you might see adult beetles flitting about among your ash trees. It is also the time of year you may unknowingly move this pest if you pack firewood when you kick off the summer camping season. The EAB attacks ash trees and all ash trees are at risk.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 28, 2013


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A Miami man has caught and killed the longest Burmese
python
ever captured in Florida: 18 feet, 8 inches. The Burmese python is an invasive species that has negative impacts on the Everglades ecosystem and its native wildlife. The public is asked to report sightings of exotic species to IveGot1.org or 888-IveGot1. There is also a free smartphone app: IVEGOT1.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 22, 2013


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA and the EPA released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. See ARSinformation on Honey Bee Health and Bee Informed Partnership information for Preliminary Results: Honeybee Colony Losses in the U.S., Winter 2012-2013.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 22, 2013


USDA. Blog.

Feral swine have been called the "rototillers" of nature. Their longs snouts and tusks allow them to rip and root their way across America in search of food. Unfortunately, the path they leave behind impacts ranchers, farmers, land managers, conservationists, and suburbanites alike. April, Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, is a great time to learn about this serious threat to both plant and animal health. Learn more from USDA's Public Education Initiative.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 30, 2013


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

First detected in the U.S. a decade ago, the brown brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is now in at least 39 states, is wreaking havoc in homes and gardens, and is a major economic threat to orchard fruits, garden vegetables and row crops. ARS researchers are making progress in developing ways to deal with the brown marmorated stink bug, now USDA number one "invasive insect of interest."

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 14, 2013


Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is announcing the 2013 Python Challenge™ with its goal of increasing public awareness about Burmese pythons and how this invasive species is a threat to the Everglades ecosystem, including native wildlife. As part of the Python Challenge™, both the public and Florida's python permit holders are invited to compete to see who can harvest the longest and the most Burmese pythons.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Dec 07, 2012


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

While one team of USDA scientists is testing the effectiveness of pesticides against mosquitoes, another group is learning how repellents work. An ARS entomologist has found that five different classes of insecticides can be mixed with a sugar bait to attract and kill mosquitoes species that transmit pathogens such as West Nile virus and arboviruses.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 15, 2012


Stop Brown Mamorated Stink Bug.

This initiative includes more than 50 researchers from 10 institutions across the U.S. working together on this project team. The team of researchers has mobilized to form a defense against the invasive pest brown marmorated stink bug. The project team is working to find management solutions for growers, seeking strategies that will protect our food, our environment, and our farms.

* See our Species Profile - Brown Mamorated Stink Bug page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Oct 16, 2012