Public asked to check trees for invasive species
August 13, 2020
Throughout August, the Washington Invasive Species Council and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are asking the public to take time to check trees in their communities for invasive insects.
August is the peak time of year that wood-boring insects are most often spotted outside of trees.
Invasive species are non-native organisms that include plants, animals and diseases. When introduced to a new environment, they do not have natural predators or diseases to keep their growth in check. Once established, they may damage the economy, environment, recreation and sometimes human health.
State officials urge the public to be especially aware of four invasive insects during their tree checks: Invasive Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, Spotted Lanternfly and Asian Giant Hornet.
To report a sighting, go online to: https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/report-a-sighting/.