Technically, every month around here is Invasive Plant Pest Awareness Month, but April is nationally recognized by the USDA as a time to come together and learn about invasive pest species. And boy do we have a lot of invasive insects flying around the country right now. Mississippi is not by any means immune to these threats, but we are (so far *fingers crossed*) handling the threat very well.
According to Hungry Pests, Mississippi currently has 2 out of a possible 14 invasive pest species that could find our state a suitable habitat. These are the Imported Fire Ant and the Asian Citrus Psyllid.
This month, we want to take the opportunity to outline the invasive pests Mississippi currently has, and focus on the most severe threats we should all be on the look out for!
Some Ways You Can Help Now
- Be Alert – Know there are threats and and conduct further research on Invasive Pest Species affecting your area.
- Look for clues – Be proactive and use your research to be the best Citizen Scientist ever.
- Call it in – If you see ANYTHING suspicious or you just have general concerns, please report it immediately!
Resources and Reporting
Mississippi Bug Blues (Of Course!)
Jeff Head – State Plant and Health Director of Mississippi – (662) 323-1291
Quick Note: I realize we are touch late to the party on this. So we may just keep this thing going through May! Stay Tuned!