Directory of Exotic Forest Insect and Disease Pests (E2811)

Directory of Exotic Forest Insect and Disease Pests (E2811)

Exotic insect and disease pests can have major effects on the productivity, biological diversity and health of forest and urban forest ecosystems.

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Introduction

Exotic insect and disease pests can have major effects on the productivity, biological diversity and health of forest and urban forest ecosystems. Early detection of a newly established insect or disease organism is an essential aspect of managing exotic pests effectively.

The purpose of this directory is to help you identify important exotic insect and disease pests that you might find on forest or shade trees. These pests are of particular interest to foresters and arborists in the north central region. Some of the species included in the directory have not yet become established in the United States. Other species are established in some areas but have not yet expanded throughout the region. The directory includes photographs and brief descriptions of the biology and damage caused by each pest.

Carry the Exotic Forest Pest Directory in your vehicle. If you suspect that you have discovered an exotic pest that is new to your area, please contact an appropriate state, university or county office.

There are 18 forest pests included in this directory. We expect that more exotic pests will be introduced and become established in the United States as global trade expands. Stay in touch with the universities, federal and state natural resource agencies, and county Extension offices in your area. They can provide you with up-to-date information about new forest pest problems in your region.

 

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