Frequently Asked Questions

What insects are you looking for?

We are looking for select species of insects from outside North America which could potentially devastate

the agricultural sector in the southeastern U.S.


Have you found any of the insects you are looking for?

We have not found anytargets in our agricultural surveys. However, we have found several potentiallydamaging exotic species in our forest surveys.


Can invasive insects harm my plants?

It depends heavily on thepest. There are things that can be done in general to control pests but knowingwhich one you’re dealing with gives you much more effective options. MSUExtension Services has produced a guide to common pests of vegetable crops innon-industrial settings. You can find it here (http://extension.msstate.edu/node/6945). Feel free to contact our extension specialist, Dr.Blake Layton for any questions you have concerning insect pest control onplants. He can be contacted at blake.layton@msstate.edu.  


What can I do to protect my plants from invasive insects?

The best thing to do is tosupport invasive species monitoring efforts, especially in regions near thecoast and borders of other states. If possible, avoid bringing in plantmaterials from areas where these pests have already been found.



Are these insect traps dangerous to people?

The traps we use are notdangerous to people unless the components were to be ingested. The only trapcontaining an insecticide is the plastic bucket trap. The insecticide releasesat very low doses that are confined only to the inside of the trap.



How often do you check the traps?

For our agriculturalsurveys, all our traps are checked on a monthly basis. Some of our forestsurveys make use of traps which capture insects in a liquid medium. These needchanging at least every two weeks in order to avoid sample rotting.