Invasive species are non-native species that can cause harm to the environment, the economy or to human health. Invasives come from all around the world. As international trade increases, so does the rate of invasive species introductions. Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to New York's biodiversity. They cause or contribute to: habitat degradation and loss; the loss of native fish, wildlife and tree species; the loss of recreational opportunities and income; and crop damage and diseases in humans and livestock ( from the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation).
Bed Bugs are small insects that can inhabit bedrooms and hotel rooms. They feed on blood and their bites can cause a rash. Learn how to identify and manage them, here.
Learn how to identify the Emerald Ash Borer, monitor your Ash trees, detect and report possible EAB in your trees, and more, with resources we've compiled on this site.
The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid lives and feeds on hemlock trees. Infested trees can die within 2 years, although 10-12 years is more common.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is native to Asia, and was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2001. It produces an unpleasant smell indoors, and can damage shade and fruit trees, vegetables and legumes.
First found in New York in 1996, the Asian Longhorned Beetle is a serious threat to our maples and other hardwood trees.
Boxelder Bugs (Boisea trivittata) are nuisance pests. Their feces can stain light colored surfaces and smashing them can also release an unpleasant odor. Learn how to identify and manage them, here.
Last updated June 20, 2017