FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Invasive species are on the move across the U.S., causing property and agricultural damage, and even presenting new health threats to Americans. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) identified the top five species spreading across the U.S. and what people can do to prevent or eliminate these pests.
“Invasive species are particularly problematic because they have no known predators in the environments they invade and can quickly multiply,” says Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “These species can cause millions of dollars in crop and property damage each year and public awareness and help is needed in order to help stop the spread of these pests.”
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
Native to Asia, brown marmorated stink bugs arrived in 1996 and are now found in 44 states across the U.S. Stink bugs release a notoriously unpleasant odor when crushed, hence their name. To keep this bug out of your home, patch screens and vacuum up any bugs found inside the house.
Asian Long-horned Ticks
The Asian long-horned tick was first spotted in 2017. This tick has been known to carry bacteria and pathogens associated with diseases such as Lyme disease, Japanese spotted fever and SFTS. To protect against ticks, use insect repellent containing at least 20 percent DEET, wear long clothing when possible, and perform tick checks after spending time outdoors.
Spotted lanternflies were initially reported in Pennsylvania in 2014 and have subsequently spread throughout the Northeast. These pests pose a significant threat to agriculture as they feed on the sap within many trees and plants. Contact your local Department of Agriculture to report any sightings and migration of this invasive species.
Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA)
Red imported fire ants (RIFA) are found throughout the southern and western U.S. and will bite and sting humans who disturb or threaten their nest. To protect against these invasive ants, wear closed-toe shoes and seal cracks and crevices to keep them from gaining entry.
Formosan termites can be found across the southern U.S. They aggressively chew through wood, flooring and wallpaper. Homeowners are encouraged to have annual professional termite inspections to help protect against termite damage.
NPMA recommends contacting a qualified pest control professional if you suspect an invasive pest infestation. A trained professional can identify the species and recommend a course of action to deal with the infestation before it becomes a greater problem.
About the National Pest Management Association
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.