Invasive Pest Awareness
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) urges residents to help stop the threat that invasive plants and pests pose to the state’s agricultural and natural resources. Gardeners can take several easy, low or no cost steps to help reduce the spread of invasive pests and plants. See the news releases below or the Hungry Pest website for specific suggestions.
Consumers, travelers and gardeners can take the following steps to help reduce the spread of invasive pests and plants:
- Don’t move firewood over long distances as it can be a carrier of invasive insects and diseases. Only use firewood that originates from the area where it will be burned.
- Before leaving a work or recreational site, look for and remove any insects or seeds and other plant parts that might be attached to your equipment, boots, gear, truck bed and tires to make sure you are not spreading invasive pests to a new location.
- Always declare any plant material brought in from travel abroad.
- Avoid using invasive plant species in your landscaping and gardening projects.
- Don’t plant seeds of invasive plants in wildlife food plots.
- Buy Local. A wide variety of beautiful native plants that thrive in your local environment are available at local nurseries and garden centers.