April Declared “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month” by U.S Secretary of Agriculture

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed a national proclamation to declare April “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.” April is a time when many invasive pests emerge and can be easily spread in the things people pack and move, such as outdoor items like grills, gardening equipment, wading pools and bicycles or patio furniture.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrator Kevin Shea said, “Hungry Pests can hide inside plants, fruits, vegetables and firewood, and spread in a number of ways, like on outdoor items you move to a new home or on an RV that has been parked outside and driven cross-country. It only takes one person to start a new infestation, which is why we all need to be careful and understand how to stop invasive pests.”

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