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Invasive pests are non-native species that feed on America’s agricultural crops, trees and other plants. These “Hungry Pests” have cost the U.S. billions of dollars, wreak havoc on the environment and can impact public health. People are the biggest influence when it comes to introducing and spreading hungry pests, but people are also the solution. The number-one action someone can take is to leave Hungry Pests behind.

 

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Please direct all communications to:

Abbey Powell

Public Affairs Specialist, Legislative and Public Affairs
USDA APHIS
4700 River Road
Riverdale, MD 20737
301.851.4054
abbey.powell@aphis.usda.gov

PRESS RELEASE

March 30, 2017

Washington, DC

 

USDA Warns it Only Takes One Person to Spread Harmful Invasive Pests

Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts. It only takes one person who moves one piece of infested firewood, one infected plant, or one piece of infested fruit to spread these invasive pests to a new area. That’s why USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has designated April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. Spring is the perfect time to remind everyone of the simple steps they can take to prevent the spread of harmful invasive plant pests.

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PRESS RELEASE

June 17, 2016

Washington, DC

 

When Enjoying the Outdoors, Don't Spread Invasive 'Hungry Pests'

Now that summer's here, increased outdoor activity comes with a greater risk of spreading 19 invasive species called Hungry Pests. USDA-APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) has six simple tips for outdoor enthusiasts to follow this summer, which will help keep these destructive pests from spreading.

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PRESS RELEASE

April 5, 2016

Washington, DC

 

Protect Gardens Now from Invasive, ‘Hungry Pests’

It’s not too early to think about spring and the dangerous invasive pests lying in wait to upset the work of even the most experienced gardeners. USDA-APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) encourages the public to get a head start with six simple tips to protect gardens from 18 particularly destructive “Hungry Pests” that are primarily spread by humans.

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