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WSU webinar to address the future of invasive insects

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Todd Murray, a WSU Extension expert in forest entomology, will present a free webinar called “What the Bug is That? New Invasive Insects on the Horizon,” noon–1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25. Anyone is welcome to attend online.

Each year, invasive species in the United States have an economic impact estimated at $133.6 billion. This presentation will cover invasive insects that are a great concern to the Pacific Northwest, discussing biology, identification, rapid response and management options for these new pests. Murray will also review the status of established pests.

In a time of world trade and global movement of people and products, hitchhiking pests are becoming more and more common. There is an estimated 32 percent risk that a wood‑boring insect more damaging than the Emerald Ash Borer will be introduced into the U.S. in the next 10 years.

Green industry professionals and garden enthusiasts are key in helping agencies detect exotic pests early. In Washington State alone, one‑third of the 70 insect pests found have been detected by educated private citizens. Modes for reporting new pests will be shared.

Register on the GoToWebinar website.

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