New York

What you should know about the spread of invasive species in New York


The following targeted Hungry Pests have federal quarantines in certain areas of this state. Note: Other Federal and State quarantines may apply.


Asian Longhorned Beetle

Attacks: Hardwood trees, including maples, ash and elm

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Emerald Ash Borer

Attacks: Ash trees

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European Gypsy Moth

Attacks: More than 300 species of trees and shrubs

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This state has some crop, forest, or urban area(s) where the following pests or diseases could survive year-round.


Asian Gypsy Moth

Attacks: A wide variety of North American trees and shrubs

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European Grapevine Moth

Attacks: Grapes and berries

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Khapra Beetle (wp) Tooltip

Attacks: Stored grains

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Light Brown Apple Moth

Attacks: More than 2,000 species of plants and trees and 250 agricultural crops

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Spotted Lanternfly

Attacks: fruit crops and trees

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New York State Information

New York’s agricultural resources feature over 35,000 farms producing dairy, livestock, field crops, fruits/vegetables and ornamentals. New York State production of apples, maple syrup, dairy products, as well as several other commodities are in the top 5 in the nation.


New York’s natural resources feature over 19 million acres of forested land which is 63% of the state’s land area. Northern hardwood forests, dominated by beech, birch and maple, make up over half of the forest cover. The Adirondack and Catskill Parks are enjoyed by up to 12 million visitors per year who take advantage of the recreational opportunities and beauty that they offer. Agriculture, forestry and tourism are major drivers of New York State’s rural economy.


New York State is a major point of entry for passengers, cargo, and mail entering the United States. New York State has a highly developed transportation system boasting 13 international airports, 6 major shipping ports, 800 miles of intrastate canal, 1,674 miles of interstate highway and extensive interstate rail systems. New York shares a 450 mile international border with Canada which features 17 border crossings. The international border and each of these transportation systems are potential sources of introduction for exotic invasive pests. DHS Customs and Border Protection officials inspect arriving cargo, parcels and passenger vehicles for agricultural pest risks in an effort to enforce USDA Regulations and prevent pest introductions but citizens need to be aware of the threat and be observant.


New York’s agricultural and natural resources are at risk; don’t spread invasive pests. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in partnership with USDA work to survey for and eradicate invasive pests such as the Asian Longhorned Beetle in New York City and Long Island, Plum Pox Virus in western NY and the Golden Nematode in various locations around the state.


Do your part to exclude and eradicate exotic invasive pests from New York; Don’t Move Firewood and keep an eye on to learn what pests could in your neighborhood.

New York

Report a Hungry Pest in New York

Plant Pest or Disease

Mafalda Weldon 
State Plant Health Director
Phone: 518 218 7510

Animal Pest or Disease

Assistant Director
Phone: 717 540 2763

Find state department of agriculture contacts here.