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What you should know about the spread of invasive species in Louisiana
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
Louisiana: State Information
Louisiana agriculture is a highly significant segment of the State and national economy. In 2011, Louisiana’s agriculture contributed $10.7 billion to the State’s economy. Many Louisiana communities depend on agriculture and forestry commodities as a major job creator and an economic engine. Hungry pests put these commodities at risk. Can you imagine if our beautiful live oaks or pine trees were damaged or destroyed because of something we neglected to do?
Invasive species are threatening Louisiana from all directions. Pathways of introduction are everywhere. If we all pitch in and do our part, we can help protect our agriculture and our environment. LDAF’s Office of Agricultural and Environmental Science (AES), Horticulture and Quarantine Division - in cooperation with USDA’s Plant Protection and Quarantine program - is doing its part by putting an array of pest detection efforts into action. Pest surveys are conducted by AES inspectors who are trained to recognize which pests are threatening our State, what survey methods are most effective at detecting new pest populations, and how to effectively respond when a new pest is detected. These surveys are funded through a national program called the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey; its Web site is caps.ceris.purdue.edu.
To learn more about pests threatening Louisiana, please visit www.ldaf.state.la.us and click the following series of links: “Offices,” “Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” “Horticulture and Quarantine Programs,” “Plant Pest Quarantine Programs,” and finally “Plant Pest Fact Sheets.”
Report a Hungry Pest in Louisiana
Plant Pest or Disease
Animal Pest or Disease
Find state department of agriculture contacts here.