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.
Invasive pests are on the move across the U.S. and in Arkansas. See some pests that
have the potential to invade our forests and to threaten our native species.
Image: Clint Turnage, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services
See a list of invasive animals threatening Arkansas
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
Image: Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
See a list of invasive insects threatening Arkansas
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