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  • Photo Credit: Marianne Prue, Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry,
    The state is following federal quarantine guidelines to prevent the spread of this destructive, invasive pest - which attacks only ash trees.
  • Gypsy Moths
    The caterpillars of this invasive species consume the leaves of broadleaf trees and shrubs – such as oaks, aspen, apple, speckled alder, basswood, and willow.
  • Giant Hogweed
    Giant Hogweed is an invasive and poisonous plant that pose a threat as both an environmental and a public health hazard.

We are currently monitoring these exotic pests as part of the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS). If you think you've discovered a pest not native to Rhode Island, and particularly if you suspect the pest to be the Asian Longhorned Beetle or the Emerald Ash Borer, please us to let us know.

Report an Exotic Agricultural Pest, Invasive Insect or Plant

NOTE: If you believe you have found an Asian Longhorn Beetle or Emerald Ash Borer, please make every safe and reasonable effort to capture or closely photograph it to aid in identification, as there are several native species with a similar appearance.

Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey
Cynthia Kwolek
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Phone: (401) 949-1770