University of Maryland Extension

Six Invasive Pests to Watch for in 2014

Dr. Gerald Brust, IPM Vegetable Specialist

Over the last ten years, mid-Atlantic vegetable growers have been inundated with invasive pests such as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Spotted Wing Drosophila. Invasive pests are especially difficult to control as they have no natural enemies, which enables their populations to build rapidly. Often times, these invasive pests are resistant to many of the pesticides commonly used by growers.

In the last two years there have appeared in Maryland vegetable fields other invasive pests, that while not as damaging as the Brown Marmorated stink bug or the Spotted wing Drosophila, are nonetheless capable of causing yield or quality loss if growers do not recognize them. The presentation below discusses six important invasive pests in Maryland vegetable systems.

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