THE THREAT

Insects, snails, slugs, mites, microscopic worms, and diseases.

Insects, snails, slugs, mites, microscopic worms, and diseases can travel into and across the country on plants and plant parts like budwood.

What's at risk.

America's crops, forests, ecosystems, community landscapes, and backyard gardens.

Millions of dollars spent by farmers and government on necessary control and treatment activities.

Foreign markets that could close to U.S. products from infested areas.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Plant Carefully.

Buy your plants from a reputable source and avoid using invasive plant species at all costs.

Don't bring or mail fresh fruits, vegetables, plants or any food or agricultural items into your state or another state unless agricultural inspectors have cleared them beforehand.

Get answers from your local USDA office—find contact information by state.