What you should know about the spread of invasive species in Florida


The following targeted Hungry Pests have federal quarantines in certain areas of this state. Note: Other Federal and State quarantines may apply.


Asian Citrus Psyllid

Attacks: Citrus crops

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Citrus Greening

Attacks: Citrus crops

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Giant African Snail

Attacks: More than 500 different types of plants

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Imported Fire Ant

Attacks: Corn, soybean, okra and citrus, among other crops

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This state has some crop, forest, or urban area(s) where the following pests or diseases could survive year-round.


Asian Longhorned Beetle

Attacks: Hardwood trees, including maples, ash and elm

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Emerald Ash Borer

Attacks: Ash trees

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European Gypsy Moth

Attacks: More than 300 species of trees and shrubs

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False Codling Moth

Attacks: More than 100 species of plants, fruit trees and field crops

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Khapra Beetle (wp) Tooltip

Attacks: Stored grains

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Light Brown Apple Moth

Attacks: More than 2,000 species of plants and trees and 250 agricultural crops

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Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Attacks: More than 250 cultivated and wild fruits, nuts and vegetables

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Mexican Fruit Fly

Attacks: More than 50 preferred host plants, including citrus and mango

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Oriental Fruit Fly

Attacks: More than 230 types of fruits and vegetables

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Florida: State Information

There’s a lot at stake. Florida is an agricultural powerhouse. Our State ranks among the Nation’s top producers in citrus, other fruits, and vegetables. Florida accounts for about 70 percent (or $1.5 billion) of the total U.S. value of orange production. The State, in partnership with USDA and industry, is battling four main citrus diseases: citrus greening, citrus canker, sweet orange scab, and citrus black spot. Citrus greening is the most serious disease and has no cure. It reduces the quantity and quality of citrus fruits, eventually rendering infected trees useless.


Florida and USDA are also working together to eradicate the giant African snail, a serious pest that attacks 500 different plants, lays up to 1,200 eggs each year, and can carry a parasite that can cause a form of meningitis in humans. Oriental and Mediterranean fruit flies are also a constant threat to Florida’s agriculture.


Our State is an international import powerhouse. With the Port of Miami and 12 other seaports, plus 15 major airports, Florida is the gateway to the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Africa. Florida must remain vigilant against the introduction and spread of invasive pests.



Report a Hungry Pest in Florida

Plant Pest or Disease

Paul L. Hornby
State Plant Health Director
Phone: 352 313 3040

Animal Pest or Disease

Dr. Francisco Collazo-Mattei
Area Veterinarian-in-Charge
Phone: 352 313 3060

Find state department of agriculture contacts here.