Des Moines, Iowa – RadioIowa – We should be done with snow until fall now and Iowans are digging full-swing into their spring gardening and landscaping projects. Yindra Dixon, a master gardener with the U-S-D-A, says there are around 20 key invasive insects all Iowans should know on sight, bugs that could do serious damage to everything we’re planting. Dixon says if you spot one of them, let the experts know.
Dixon works in the U-S-D-A’s APHIS division, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She says it’s important if Iowans see a potentially-harmful insect, that they report it.
One of the biggest threats in Iowa is the emerald ash borer, which kills ash trees. It’s confirmed in at least 30 Iowa counties and millions of dollars are being spent to try and prevent its spread. There are several other pests on the agency’s most-wanted list.
While butterflies like monarchs are valued creatures for the pollination process, several breeds of moths are considered serious pests, including the Asian and European gypsy moths.
An agency report finds invasive species of insects can spread quickly and cost the nation 120-billion dollars a year. Learn all about the most invasive pests and the U-S-D-A website www.hungrypests.com.