Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist

Invasives and Pests of Concern

General Information

As the United States continues to expand its export markets around the world and increase the variety of agricultural commodities it imports, the U.S. has a greater chance to bringing in unwanted pests. What should you do if you suspect you have found a non-native pest or pest of concern?

Kentucky's Cooperative Agricultural Pest Surveys

CAPS (the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey) is a cooperative effort between the University of Kentucky and state and federal agencies to survey for invasives and pests of concern in the state of Kentucky.

Hungry Pests

Hungry pests are invasive species that threaten to harm our crops and trees. Left unchecked, they can devastate entire agricultural industries, eliminating jobs, threatening our food supplies and costing billions.

General Information

MOVING FIREWOOD AND OTHER REGULATED ARTICLES FROM QUARANTINED AREAS IS PROHIBITED!

As the United States continues to expand its export markets around the world and increase the variety of agricultural commodities it imports, the U.S. has a greater chance to bringing in unwanted pests such as Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle. In Kentucky, if you suspect you have found a non-native pest, please contact your county cooperative extension agent for verification. Since they are located in the county where you live, they will be the quickest to help you with the identification process. Should they have any issues, they will send it to the University of Kentucky for further analysis. Always feel free to contact our office as well should you have any questions.

Kentucky Cooperative Agricultural Pest Surveys

Surveys for Invasives and Pests of Concern for Kentucky

CAPS (the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey) is a cooperative effort between the University of Kentucky and state and federal agencies to conduct surveillance, detection, and monitoring of exotic plant pests of agricultural and natural plant resources and biological control agents. These exotic pests may include plant diseases, insects, weeds, nematodes, and other invertebrates.

You can help!
The more people we have looking for invasive pests, the better our chances are to prevent establishment of the pest in Kentucky.

Hungry Pests

Leave Hungry Pests Behind

It's up to each of us to help stop hungry pests. Hungry pests are invasive species that threaten to harm our crops and trees. Left unchecked, they can devastate entire agricultural industries, eliminating jobs, threatening our food supplies and costing billions.

There are things that each of us can do to help stop the spread. It's up to each of us to be sure that we're not packing a pest when we move things outdoors, go camping, or travel internationally.

Please do your part and be aware of any regulations and potential risks in your area. And if you see a pest, report it. With your help, we can protect so much that we value.

Page Last Updated: October 13, 2020

Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist