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What you should know about the spread of invasive species in Florida
UNDER FEDERAL QUARANTINE
The following targeted Hungry Pests have federal quarantines in certain areas of this state. Note: Other Federal and State quarantines may apply.
This state has some crop, forest, or urban area(s) where the following pests or diseases could survive year-round.
Attacks: Stored grains
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
Animal Pest or Disease
Dr. Francisco Collazo-Mattei
Find state department of agriculture contacts here.