VDACS News Releases
April 15, 2020
Help Stop Invasive Plants and Pests From Invading Virginia
Contact: Michael Wallace, 804.786.1904
April is National Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month. During this month, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is raising awareness of the threat invasive species pose to the state’s agricultural and natural resources.
Invasive species, such as the spotted lanternfly, Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, imported fire ant, boxwood blight and giant hogweed, wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects, severely damage crops and potentially cause the closure of foreign markets to those U.S. products that originated in infested areas. Once invasive pests become established, they can grow and spread rapidly, often due to no natural predators in their new environment. Invasive pests cost landowners, industry and the government millions of dollars to control. Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations.
The public can help reduce the spread of invasive pests and plants by following these simple steps:
Anyone suspecting an invasive pest in their area should contact VDACS’s Office of Plant Industry Services at 804.786.3515, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at 804.226.5262 or their local Virginia Cooperative Extension Service agent at ext.vt.edu/offices.html.
For more information on invasive plants, pests and diseases, visit hungrypests.com.
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