ANCHOR LEAD: April is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. Which pests are pestering your state? Brian Osuch has more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I’m Brian Osuch. Spring has arrived and now is the time to think about ways to protect your gardens and landscapes. Yindra Dixon is a master gardener at the USDA and says to be on the lookout for Hungry Pests.
CUT: (Dixon) Hungry Pests are 19 invasive species that have been identified by the USDA, that are most likely unknowingly spread through things that people move and pack. They’re dangerous because they can spread without resistance, causing damage to crops, plants, trees and a serious threat to not only our environment but also the economy as well as public health.
SCRIPT: You can transport Hungry Pests in a number of ways, including moving citrus plants outside of a quarantined area or by relocating firewood. Dixon says there are some ways to spot an infestation.
CUT: (Dixon) Look for D-shaped or round holes in trees, egg masses from the European Gypsy Moth, yellow or diseased leaves and report them at HungryPests.com.
SCRIPT: For more, including photos of Hungry Pests and to see which pests have made a home in your state go to HungryPests.com. That’s Newsbreak from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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