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In October, Missy Henriksen of Pest World wrote an article on invasive pest species. Over the next few blogs I am going to share highlights of her article with you.

Insects of foreign origin, commonly called invasive species, are a growing concern in our country. Many of these invasive pests do not have natural predators in the U.S. so their populations can grow quickly.

A number of invasive pests, including some beetles and moth species, pose a major threat to the U.S. agricultural industry as they destroy crops. In fact, the Associated Press, citing a 2004 Cornell University study, put the total annual cost of all invasive species in the country at $120 billion. According to the AP, “much of that burden is borne by consumers in the form of higher food costs and by taxpayers who pay for government eradication programs.”

Those of you living in Worcester County are familiar with the Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive wood-boring insect, that attacks hardwood trees, including maple, birch and elm.