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Invasive Species and Exotic Pests

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) against ‘invasives’ depends on exclusion, early detection, and eradication. Once an invasive species is introduced and becomes established, causing damage or crop losses, our normal IPM practices may prove ineffective. IPM practices that utilize thresholds, forecasts, cultural practices, and optimally-timed effective controls often fail to work against invasive species. The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program staff works with state and federal agencies to survey for these species, some of which are listed here, to support national efforts to prevent the introduction of species that could threaten agriculture

Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly is a planthopper native to China and Southeastern Asia. Discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014, the spotted lanternfly presents a threat throughout much of the United States. While its list of hosts is large, the greatest agricultural concern falls on grapes, hops, apples, blueberries, and stone fruits.

Asian Longhorn Tick

Alternatives to Ornamental Invasive Plants

Help make the future of New York greener by growing “native-friendly” plants instead of invasive species.

Print Resources

  • Forest Pest Handbook: basic information on disease and insect pests of forest trees
    Information on identification, spread, and reporting for a series of invasive diseases and insects that affect tree species in NYS landscapes and forests. 
  • Lessons Learned from Six Years of Kudzu Research | Part 1 | |Part 2 | |Part 3 |

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