Updated: Oct 19, 2020
Part One: Pharaoh Ants and Stink Bugs
When most of us hear the term ‘invasive species,” those of us familiar with the concept may think of the Africanized Honeybee, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, and, further up the food chain, perhaps the Burmese Python or wild boar. Unfortunately, these creatures represent only a tiny portion of organisms that now call the US home!
And there’s the additional problem of invasive plants —Kudzu and Russian Knapweed, for instance; invasive aquatic creatures like the notorious Asian Carp and the (apparently ravenous) Nutria; and, of course, innumerable pathogens and diseases. But for our purposes, we will be focusing on invasive insect species.
However, that said, it should be pointed out that all of these invasive flora and fauna can, and do, cause so much damage that the US Department of Agriculture has created its own National Invasive Species Information Center. For its part, the US Fish & Wildlife Services is blunt in its assessment of these threats:
“The negative consequences of invasive species are far-reaching, costing the
United States billions of dollars in damages every year . . . such infestations