Exotic Pests and Diseases

What are exotic pests and diseases?

Exotic pests are species of organisms that are alien to a particular region, including Invasive Species in Texas.  That is, they are not indigenous or native to the area.  They are introduced either accidentally or intentionally to a particular region and grow to be pest status.  The significance of exotic pests depends on the species and the invaded area.  The red imported fire ant is probably the most notorious exotic pest.  Fire ants were accidentally introduced to the U.S. more than 75 years ago from South America to the shipping port of Mobile, Alabama.   Read more about this history of fire ants.

Exotic pests and diseases of Texas turfgrass and ornamental plants

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