What you should know about the spread of invasive species in Utah


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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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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Imported Fire Ant

Attacks: Corn, soybean, okra and citrus, among other crops

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Khapra Beetle (wp) Tooltip

Attacks: Stored grains

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Spotted Lanternfly

Attacks: fruit crops and trees

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Utah: State Information

Utah agriculture generates more than 14 percent of our State’s economy and contributes 78,000 jobs to our rural and urban communities. Utah’s divergent landscape - from its Olympics-hosting, snow-capped peaks to its fertile valleys and red rock wonders - is home to more than 16,000 farms and ranches.


Our $17 billion industry depends on a pest-free environment, which is why our Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) devotes considerable time and energy working to keep hungry pests out of the State. Utah is one of the few States to successfully wipe out a serious infestation of Japanese beetles, thanks to a joint effort by our citizens and local governments.


The UDAF employs nearly a dozen seasonal workers to distribute and monitor thousands of insect-collecting traps around the State. These first-alert monitors can signal the presence of an invasive pest and would trigger a variety of State and Federal pest eradication strategies. For Utah-specific questions, call UDAF’s Entomology Program at (801) 538-7185.


Many of the things that make Utah exceptional are threatened by invasive species. This is a battle we can only win if every Utahan and all visitors to our State understand the risks and act to protect Utah’s natural resources from pests and diseases that don’t belong here.



Report a Hungry Pest in Utah

Plant Pest or Disease

Alana Wild
State Plant Health Director
Phone: 801 975 3310

Animal Pest or Disease

Assistant Director
Phone: 801 524 5012

Find state department of agriculture contacts here.