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The Cost of Invasive Species in Maryland

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Invasive species have serious consequences for every part of the United States, and they amount to billions of dollars’ worth of damage to United States crops, properties and landscapes. These harmful pests spread rapidly and ruin ecosystems if allowed to go unchecked. Even in Maryland, invasive species are a serious problem.

The Basics of Invasive Species

Invasive species are considered any plants, animals, or organisms that have been introduced to ecosystems out of their original habitat that cause harm to the new area. Since invasive species do not have predators in the new ecosystem, they can spread and reproduce very rapidly. Over time, they harm biodiversity and lead to massive damages to agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

These mosquitoes were first found in Baltimore City in the late 80s and have spread throughout the state since then. They are black with white striping and more common in urban areas. They do not need as much water to lay and hatch eggs, so they can subsist on small amounts of standing water found on lawn furniture, cups or toys left outdoors. The Asian Tiger Mosquito is also a known carrier of the West Nile Virus.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are some of the most annoying pests that bother homeowners and business owners because, simply put, they stink! Around 2009, the brown marmorated stink bug joined native stink bugs in bothering Maryland residents. These stink bugs have white bands on the antennae, and they lay two or more batches of eggs every year (more than native stink bugs.

Spotted Lanternflies

The latest invasive species to hit the Delmarva area is the spotted lanternfly. While it has not been spotted yet in Maryland, it is moving rapidly through Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. They eat host plants very rapidly, reproduce with lightning speed and also seem to be spreading more rapidly than agriculture experts predicted. Spotted lanternflies attack a variety of species including apples, stone fruits, grapes, hop plants, and pines. These pests lay eggs on cars and spread rapidly by hitching a ride. Like other invasive species, they have no predators in the area.

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