Invasive Insect Detection in Washington State

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Every year the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s (WSDA) Pest Program conducts a number of surveys (detection programs). The purpose of these surveys is to prevent the establishment and spread of non-native insects that are a known threat to Washington State’s agricultural products and environmental resources.

During the summer months, there can be as many as 45,000 various insect traps placed throughout the state of Washington. The link below will take you to the WSDA’s primer which contains photos and brief descriptions of a few pests the WSDA surveys each year and their various trap types.

Follow the link below for the WSDA’s information guide on invasive insects of Washington State:

http://agr.wa.gov/PlantsInsects/InsectPests/GypsyMoth/Media/docs/InvasiveBooklet.pdf

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) serves the people of Washington by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection.

WSDA’s major goals: Protect and reduce the risk to public health by assuring the safety of the state’s food supply. Ensure the safe and legal distribution, use, and disposal of pesticides and fertilizers in Washington State. Protect Washington State’s natural resources, agriculture industry, and the public from selected plant and animal pests and diseases. Facilitate the movement of Washington agricultural products in domestic and international markets.

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