State asks residents to check trees for invasive pests


August 14, 2019

Adult spotted lantern fly. courtesy of Pennsylvania Department pf Agriculture

The Washington Invasive Species Council is asking residents to check trees and swimming pools in their yards for harmful bugs as part of the national Tree Check Month in August.

August is the peak time of year to look for invasive bugs and report any species that seem out of place. Trees near home and in neighborhoods, the "urban forest," are as just as susceptible as trees in rural and wild forests.

Since 1990, at least 70 new insect species have been newly detected in Washington, according to a state study. The public found 36 percent of the new insects first, more than formal surveys or regulatory agencies detected.

"This just highlights the importance of reporting any species that yo...

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