Posts tagged APHIS

Emerald ash borer detected in load of logs from Pennsylvania

There is a little bug that does big damage to ash trees. The emerald ash borer came from Russia and Asia, but has made its home in parts of the U.S. and Canada. North Carolina is not host to the beetle yet, but agriculture officials admit it’s just a matter of time before the destructive […]


Successful quarantine efforts contain witchweed to five counties

August is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. During the month, we’ll identify some of the invasive species found in North Carolina, highlight the department’s efforts to combat them and offer tips on how you can help reduce invasive-species populations in your area. We recently spoke with Rick Iverson, weed specialist for the Plant […]


August is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month

Kudzu, once used for livestock forage and erosion control, is now probably one of the most recognizable invasive species in the South. The fast-growing vine can grow up to a foot a day and kill existing plants through crowding and shading. That’s not a good thing for local farmers. Not only do invasive species affect […]