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Six invasive insects to watch for in Kentucky in summer 2023

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While Kentucky is infested with an army of invasive pests, the number of other colonizers is also increasing.

According to state entomologist Lady Paris, invasive alien species are spreading across the Commonwealth due to human activity, and the presence of new species is likely to increase in the coming years.

These insects can overwhelm entire forests and disrupt agriculture in the state.

“The key is finding and controlling intruders,” said Paris. “Once they become established, they are very difficult to eradicate.”

Mr. Pari is Dean of the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology. The public can support efforts to control these species by: Report sightings through the ministry’s websiteHe said.

Here are six invasive insects to watch out for in Kentucky. Some are entrenched, others are still gaining a foothold.

spongy moth

Spongy moth caterpillars are crawling on the leaves. Populations of this invasive species are creeping toward Kentucky and are already inhabiting the border states of Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia.

Spongy moths are a major threat to Kentucky’s forests as they feed on hundreds of different tree and shrub species. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Native to Europe, this species first appeared in the United States in the 19th century in Massachusetts and has since spread abroad.

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