Written by: Karey Windbiel-Rojas, Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area IPM Advisor
Did you know that this week (June 6 – June 14) is California Invasive Species Action week? The goal of this week is to increase public awareness of invasive species issues and share ways we can all participate in the fight against California’s invasive species and their impacts on our environment and natural resources. Find out more about California Invasive Species Action week, species of concern, schedule of events, and what you can do to help prevent invasive species at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation /Invasives/Action-Week.
The University of California has information about exotic and invasive pests on the UC IPM Exotic and Invasive Pests page and the Center for Invasive Species Research. Also, read some of our recent blog articles on invasive pests and their impacts in urban areas:
- Help Protect California’s Citrus from Asian Citrus Psyllid
- Invasive Pests of Concern for California’s Urban Farmers
- Bagrada Bug Continues to Spread in California
- Don’t Grow Crazy: An Update on California’s PlantRight Program
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
- Exotic Pests Invade California Landscapes
Once established, invasive species are extremely difficult to eradicate and can cause not only ecological disruption, but economic problems as well. Everyone has a part to play to keep exotic and invasive species from coming into California and spreading throughout the state.