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Exotic and Invasive Insects, Aquatic Life, Vertebrates & Plants

Thousands and perhaps millions of non-native or invasive, biological and botanical species flourish due to rapid growth rates, lack of competition and predation, evolved methods of dispersal and tolerance for a wide range of environmental conditions and food sources. This category broadly examines their effect on like species and humans.

Periodical Cicadas
What are Periodical Cicadas? Why do they only come out every 17 years?

Cicada Damage and Control
17-year cicadas do not harm humans, but can damage plants. What they do and how to control cicadas.

From Pallets to Palettes - Sky Oxen from China Destroy Hardwood Forests
Hitchhiking to North America in the mid 1990s aboard shipping crates, Asian Longhorned Beetles are devastating deciduous hardwood forests not only in the U.S. and Canada but in Europe and the United Kingdom as well. Pupae burrow or tunnel into the host tree's heartwood, literally sucking out its life and eventually killing it.

Pigs Gone WIld - Control and Exclusion of Porcine Pests
Wild or feral pigs have thrived due to a lack of natural predators in North America and most of Europe, adapting to an incredibly diverse variety of climes and eco-systems, from dripping rainforests to arid deserts and nearly everywhere in between. In addition, their diet is whatever they can see although their noses are said to be more discriminating than their eyesight. As pests, wild pigs can infect domestic swine with crippling viruses so care must be taken to prevent interactions.

Light Brown Apple Moth Makes Headlines
Preventing the establishment of invasive species is always the best method, however when a population is seen as a pest by powerful business sectors, government officials may intervene as they did in California.

What are Mystery Bugs?
Have you ever been bitten by a "bug," but there is no bug anywhere around? It could be that you were "bitten" by a mystery bug.

Non-Native South American Rodents Destroy North American Wetlands
Nutria, introduced to North America in 1930 for its fur and for weed control, has decimated wetlands from coast to coast. The aquatic rodent exposes roots to erosion which in turn converts the wetland to open water, destroying the native habitats of wetland species.

Insects As a Nitrogen Source for Carnivorous Plants
Predatory fungi and plants that trap protozoa are profiled here along with the familiar Pitcher plants and Venus Fly Trap.

Economic Toll of Invasive Plant Species
Invasive or non-native plant species cost Billions of dollars annually in the U.S., with far reaching effects on water quality, wildlife and recreation. As with animal pests, identification, eradication, prevention and control are the primary management tools available to citizens and governments.

Asian Longhorned Beetle Threatens the U.S.
Introduced to the U.S. in the 1990s, the Asian Longhorned Beetle is a threat to hardwood trees because of its lack of natural predators and limited options for control.

Exotic and Invasive Diseases of Plants and Insects
This compilation is a database of 83 invasive plants and insect diseases.

Do You Need Winter Pest Control?
Pests don't go away in winter. Rats, mice, squirrels, raccoon, and bats may all infest your home.

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