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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Entomology Online Masters Program Final Project. Lincoln, Nebraska.
This informational resource was created to assist the general public in learning about the importance of invasive insects and provide help in identifying some of the most dangerous among them. This guide will also provide current information about prevention and control of these insects along with what high risk items travelers should be careful of returning with from abroad to control the spread of these pests. This resource also covers inter-state as well as intra-state pests of concern, illustrating the importance of adhering to quarantine guidelines while traveling through these regions. Whether or not this pest has become established, it is important for the public to be aware of their impact on controlling the spread of these extremely dangerous organisms. The effects these insects can have on the economy, human health and quality of life, can directly impact each and every one of us in some way. The pests listed contain their common name, scientific name, and sometimes an applicable abbreviation. These abbreviations are the ones often used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and are utilized in this resource for the sake of brevity and familiarity. This guide is written in an easy to understand and pleasant to read format, which is often difficult to find when trying to find out more about these pests in one centralized location. Each of us have the power to drastically minimize, if not eliminate, the risk of introducing one of these dangerous pests to other areas. One individual makes a difference, no matter how small the pest, because sometimes, it literally only takes one…and it’s done!