HUNGRY PESTS: Invasive insects wreak havoc | Environment

The global phenomenon of invasive species is alive and well in Frederick County. An invasive species is an introduced organism that becomes overpopulated and harms its new environment. Although most introduced species are neutral or may even be beneficial with respect to other species, invasive species adversely affect habitats and bioregions, causing ecological, environmental and economic damage.

The term “invasive species” can refer to any introduced organism, including insects, plants and fungi. Invasive species management is estimated to cost the US around $21 billion per year.