Invasive Species and Exotic Pests

New York is a hotspot for invasive species. Once an invasive species is introduced and becomes established, causing damage or crop losses, our normal IPM practices may prove ineffective. 

The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program staff works with state and federal agencies to survey for these species, some of which are listed here, to support national efforts to prevent the introduction of species that could threaten agriculture.

Featured Invasive

Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted lanternflies do not bite or sting. They feed exclusively on plants outdoors and can only survive for about 48 hours without feeding on a plant. They are having an agricultural impact in New York. They can be a nuisance because of their sheer numbers. 

Featured Invasive

Box Tree Moth

The Box Tree Moth (BTM) is an exotic insect pest that poses a threat to boxwood plantings. BTM first appeared in New York State in 2021, likely carried on a storm from a recent infestation just across the border in Ontario, Canada. Currently a federal quarantine prevents export of boxwood plants from counties with known infestations.

Featured Invasive

Asian Longhorned Tick

The Asian longhorned tick is an invasive tick that primarily impacts livestock health but may also spread pathogens that affect human health.

An adult spotted lanternfly sitting on a branch
green and black caterpillars
microscope view of a brown tick
a hairy caterpillar with subtle but colorful spots

Formerly Gypsy Moth

two adult spotted lanternflies

Spotted lanternfly is an invasive species. It does not bite or sting but is having an economic impact on NYS agriculture.