Department of Natural Resources
April 15, 2021
LANSING -The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared April 2021 as "Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month"- a campaign aimed at raising public awareness about damaging invasive pests threatening our nation's crops, forests, and natural resources.
According to the USDA, damage caused by invasive tree and plant pests, coupled with the cost of control and eradication efforts, can reach $40 billion annually. These destructive pests impact agriculture, forest products and even residential landscapes.
"Most pests don't make it very far on their own. Some non-native, exotic pests made it to the United States on goods and materials from other countries, or even on the ships, planes and trains that transport them. Once here, plant pests can be unintentionally moved to new areas by hitching rides on outdoor gear, vehicles, and untreated firewood," said Rob Miller, MDARD's Invasive Species Specialist. "They can also hide in or on fresh produce, soil, seeds and plants. Whether you are shopping, traveling or just spending time outdoors, you can do a lot to prevent the movement of exotic pests."
These simple steps can help limit the spread of invasive species:
Visit the Michigan Invasive Species website to find photos and information about invasive plant pests in Michigan and contact information to report pests in your community.
Michigan's Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.