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Arkansas Invasive Pests

How much do invasive pests cost you? Some pests have the potential to invade our forests and increase the cost of the forest products we buy.  Invasive pests cost the U.S. an estimated $130 billion in damage and prevention costs every year.  Examples of destructive invasive pests already in Arkansas include the red imported fire ant, kudzu, and feral hogs.  Please explore the information below to find out how you can help stop the spread of invasive animals, diseases, insects, and plants.

Emerald Ash Borer

Invasive Insects

Many non-native insects have been brought to Arkansas accidentally.  Some of these have become invasive pests that devastate our natural environments and destroy our crops.

Image:  Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

See a list of invasive insects threatening Arkansas

Cogongrass

Invasive Plants

Many non-native plants have been brought to Arkansas.  An estimated 1/10th of 1 percent of these plants become invasive pests and thus cause a myriad of problems.

Image:  David Teem, Auburn University, Bugwood.org

See a list of invasive plants threatening Arkansas