invasive species

Fire ants quarantine looks to slow down persistent pests

When people think of “dangerous invasive pests,” fire ants might not necessarily come to mind. While many people view fire ants as a ubiquitous part of life, the pests have actually only been in North Carolina since the 1950’s, after being imported to the United States in the early 20th century. Since first being detected […]

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Gypsy Moth program stays proactive

It all started with a few errant caterpillars. In 1869, French entomologist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot brought the larvae of the Gypsy Moth across the sea intending to breed them with silkworms to create a silk industry in America. Instead, as the story goes, a storm led to several of the larvae being released from his […]

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Saving North Carolina’s Urban Ash Trees

Saving North Carolina’s Urban Ash Trees

In 2013, the emerald ash borer made its debut in North Carolina. The devastation of forests north and northwest caused by this invasive beetle was already well-known, so its discovery was met with dread. The ash forests were dying, and quickly. The future did not look good for North Carolina’s ash trees. Over the next […]

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