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Invasive Species

invading_pests2.gifInvasive species from other parts of the world have become a serious problem as world travel and trade increases. We may think this is a new problem, but it has occurred throughout history as humans have traveled from place to place. Over a hundred years ago a fungus was introduced into this country that destroyed one of our most important forest trees, the American chestnut. This devastating disease not only eliminated a major forest tree throughout much of the Eastern United States, but eliminated a food crop for wildlife and an important timber producing tree. Today we still face the same challenges with Gypsy Moth, Emerald Ash Borer, Purple loosestrife and many other invaders. The following web pages will provide you with current information on the management of some of the more serious invasive species.


  • Emerald Ash Borer
    This Web site is part of a multistate effort in Michigan.
  • Garlic Mustard   
    MSU site devoted to research and management options for garlic mustard.  View a video of Garlic Mustard Identification and Control!
  • Giant Hogweed
    Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development site for identification and control of giant hogweed.
  • Gypsy Moth
    Washtenaw County MSU Extension site on managing Gypsy Moth in the landscape.
  • Phragmites (common reed grass)
    Informational video from Peaine Township, Beaver Island, on the identification and control of phragmites.
  • Purple Loosestrife
    University of Michigan: Michigan Sea Grant site for managing purple loosestrife.
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
    University of Michigan: Michigan Sea Grant site for information on aquatic invasive species.
  • Clean Sweep Program
    Provides FREE pesticide disposal for businesses and residents.


For more information, please contact the MSU Extension Master Gardener Hotline at (734) 997-1819.

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