Arkansas Invasive Pests
Pests are not just animals or insects. Invasive pests also include diseases and plants. 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 vertebrate species are on the move across the U.S. and in Arkansas. See some that have the potential to invade our forests and rivers which threaten our native species.
Image: Clint Turnage, USDA-APHIS Wildlife ServicesView list of invasive vertebrate pests
Invasive Plant Diseases
Almost everyone can name at least one disease that has impacted the forests of Arkansas. Unfortunately, additional diseases are on the way.
Image: Ned Tisserat, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
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
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
Invasive Pest Publications
Horticultural invasive pests
- Invasive Urban Pests of Concern in Arkansas: Insects and Diseases
- Crapemyrtle Bark Scale: A New Insect Pest – FSA7086
Agricultural invasive pests
- Identification of Cotton Seed Bug: A Potentially Invasive Pest to Arkansas - FSA7076
- Kudzu Bug - Invasive Pest Coming to Arkansas and the Impact on Soybeans - FSA7084
- Light Brown Apple Moth: A Potential Invasive Pest in Arkansas – FSA7073
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: A Potential Pest of Arkansas Fruits and Vegetables - FSA7080
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: A Potential Pest of Arkansas Row Crops - FSA7077
- Granulate Ambrosia Beetle - FSA7064
Forest invasive pests
- Cogongrass: A Potentially Invasive Weed in Arkansas - FSA2161
- Emerald Ash Borer: An Invasive Pest of Ash Trees in Arkansas – FSA7066
- Invasive Woodwasp, Sirex noctilio: A Potential Pest of Pines in Arkansas - FSA7071