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    Asian Giant Hornet

    Asian giant hornet

    The Asian giant hornet is an invasive wasp that is native to parts of Asia and was recently detected in a small area of North America. However, it is not known to be established in this region. This insect is a concern to beekeepers because it can quickly destroy honey bee colonies. Stings can cause pain, swelling, and become life threatening. 
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    Balsam Woolly Adelgid - Basic

    Balsam Woolly Adelgid

    Balsam Woolly Adelgid (BWA) is a tiny sucking insect that was introduced to North America from Europe. In the U.S., it is a serious pest of true firs in forests, landscapes, and in seed and Christmas tree production. In some areas of North America, BWA has completely removed true firs from forest stands. In Utah, subalpine fir is a highly susceptible host tree; white fir is also a host but is more tolerant.Download

    Balsam Woolly Adelgid - Advanced

    Balsam Woolly Adelgid

    Balsam Woolly Adelgid (BWA) is a tiny sucking insect that was introduced to North America from Europe. In the U.S., it is a serious pest of true firs in forests, landscapes, and in seed and Christmas tree production. In some areas of North America, BWA has completely removed true firs from forest stands. In Utah, subalpine fir is a highly susceptible host tree; white fir is also a host but is more tolerant.Download

    Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Monitoring & Management

    Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

    Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) was accidentally introduced into the eastern U.S. from Asia in the late 1990s. It was first detected in Utah in 2012 and since 2017 has caused damage to fruits in vegetables in some Northern Utah counties. Download

    Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - General Information

    Brown Marmorated Stink

    Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) was accidentally introduced into the eastern U.S. from Asia in the late 1990s. It was first detected in Utah in 2012 and can now be found in several Northern Utah counties. BMSB has a broad host range that includes fruit, vegetable, ornamental, and field crop plants.Download

    Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Samurai Wasp Handout

    Samurai wasp

    Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive insect that first invaded Utah in 2012. It has since caused urban nuisance problems and poses a serious threat to various commercial fruit and vegetable crops. In June 2019, the samurai wasp was discovered in Salt Lake City. This exotic parasitoid wasp is the most promising agent for biological control of BMSB and is uniquely evolved to lay its eggs inside of BMSB eggs. This handout describes how to determine if BMSB eggs have been parasitized by the samurai wasp.
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    Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Parasitoids

    Samurai wasp

    The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive pest that damages fruit, vegetable, and nut crops in the U.S. Parasitoid wasps that sting and kill BMSB eggs are the most promising biological control method. This fact sheet describes some of the parasitoid wasps that have been found in Utah, as well as Trissolcus japonicus, a very effective parasitoid wasp that is native to BMSB’s home range and was first detected in Utah in June 2019.
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    Elm Seed Bug

    Elm seed bug

    First detected in 2014, elm seed bug is Utah’s newest invasive nuisance pest. Elm seed bug activity peaks in mid-summer when they enter buildings through windows, doors and other entry points. Thoroughly seal windows, doors and cracks and crevices around buildings. Pyrethroid insecticides applied as a barrier treatment may reduce migration into structures.
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    Emerald Ash Borer

    Emerald Ash Borer

    A fact sheet containing many beneficial facts about Emerald Ash Borer. New infestations are difficult to detect and damage may not be obvious for years. They infest tree crowns first but EAB adults leave behind distinctive D-shaped exit holes (1/8 inch wide) when they emerge from trees in the spring, and when the larvae chew through the bark, they create serpentine shaped, excrement-filled channels that may be seen by peeling bark away from the tree.Download

    European Cherry Fruit Fly

    European Cherry Fruit Fly

    European Cherry Fruit Fly (ECFF) is a new invasive cherry-infesting pest from Europe. It was first detected in North America in Ontario in 2016, and first detected in the U.S. in New York in 2017. Larvae are the damaging life stage; they feed exclusively within fruits, causing them to rot and fall off the tree. In Europe, heavy infestations have resulted in 100% fruit loss. Since adults fly only short distances, spread occurs primarily through movement of infested fruit. Download

    Imported Fire Ants

    Imported Fire Ants

    This fact sheet covers information on red and black imported fire ants, which can cause agricultural, ecological, economical, nuisance, and public health problems.Imported fire ants are native to South America, but have invaded other countries, including the U.S. However, they are not known to occur in Utah, but parts of southern Utah may be suitable for colony establishment, particularly in areas that have accessible water from irrigation or natural sources. 
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    Invasive Insect Lookalikes

    Look-alike mugshot

    This fact sheet has information on properly identifying invasive insects and their lookalikes. Here, we provide a quick identification reference guide for brown marmorated stink bug, and Japanese beetle (both currently found in Utah) and emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle (not yet detected in Utah).Download

    Japanese Beetle

    japanese beetle

    Japanese beetle was initially detected in Orem, Utah, in July 2006. Past eradication efforts were highly successful. However, constant pressure from travel and trade has resulted in a few additional captures in monitoring traps in recent years. Adults have a broad host range (over 300 plant species) and can cause significant damage.
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    Small Hive Beetle 

    Small Hive Beetle

    Small Hive Beetle (SHB) is an exotic pest of honey and bumble bee colonies that is native to Africa. SHB feeds on pollen and honey, kills bee brood and workers, and causes honey to discolor and ferment. This pest is now found throughout much of the U.S. with highest infestations occurring in the Southeast. It was first detected in Utah in 2016. Infestations can be prevented by early detection, using good husbandry techniques, maintaining a high ratio of bees to comb, and keeping hives in partial to full sun. Chemical control options for SHB are limited due to toxicity to bees. Download

    Spotted Lanternfly

    Spotted Lanternfly

    Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a new invasive pest from China. It was first detected in the U.S. in Pennsylvania in 2014. SLF attacks more than 70 host plants, including grapes, fruit trees, hops, and hardwood ornamental trees. Extensive feeding results in weeping wounds, which combined with SLF's sugary excrement, can promote the growth of sooty mold, a gray-black fungus, that can impact plant vigor and crop yield. Download

    Spotted Wing Drosophila - General Information

    Spotted Wing on Fruit

    This fact sheet has general information concerning Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). SWD has been detected in many counties in northern Utah, and can be controlled using insecticides common in fruit integrated pest management plants. If SWD is caught in monitoring traps, insecticide applications must be used during the unripe fruit stage to prevent damage.

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    Spotted Wing Drosophila - Monitoring

    SWD in strainer

    This fact sheet has information for monitoring and diagnosing the Spotted Wing Drosophila. Monitoring is a crucial first step for management of SWD. Suspected SWD caught in monitoring traps can be sent to the UPPDL for identification before applying an insecticide.Download

    Spotted Wing Drosophila - Identification & Trapping

    Identify and Trap SWD

    Here you can watch Utah State University Extension Specialists explain how to identify Spotted Wing Drosophila and how to trap them using hot water, yeast, sugar and dish soap. The dish soap traps the Spotted Wing Drosophila.

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    Velvet Longhorned Beetle

    Velvet Longhorned Beetle

    Velvet Longhorned Beetle (VLB) is an invasive wood-boring beetle that is native to Asia and Russia. It was first detected in Utah in 2010. VLB will attack living and dying trees, as well as green and dried wood; it can infest apple, cherry, mulberry, peach, and a number of deciduous and conifer tree species. Fruit yield, tree longevity, and wood marketability can all be negativly impacted by VLB. Download