Invasive Species in Southeast Georgia

Japanese Beetle, Boll Weevil, Gypsy Moth, and Killer Bee

Living in Coastal Georgia comes with perks; it also comes with invasive species you should know about.

We know insects have been around forever, but what makes them invasive to Southeast Georgia? Are they that harmful? Read our latest blog to learn more.

Invasive Species #1 - Africanized Honey Bee

The Africanized Honey Bee has been around since the 1950s but has only been in the southeastern area since 1990. You may know these bees as "killer bees", the species is incredibly territorial and will often attack anyone or thing that they feel threatened by. You can try and outrun these bees, but they can follow you for up to a quarter mile or more. The safest way to prevent getting stung or attacked by Africanized Honey Bees is to try not to disturb their nest and call a local bee removal company. If you or someone you know has a bad reaction to a sting, call 911.

Invasive Species #2 - Spongy Moth

The Spongy Moth is formerly known as the Gypsy Moth, the name change came about in March of this year. This species was brought to North America in 1869 by an artist trying to breed a different silkworm species. They are known to feed on more than 300 species of trees and shrubs because of their massive appetite in their larvae or caterpillar stage. This leaves many trees and shrubs weak and exposed to diseases and other pests that can kill them. If you suspect these moths or caterpillars are in your trees or shrubs, you should reach out to your state's forestry enforcement.

Invasive Species #3 - Boll Weevil

The Boll Weevil species came to America’s southern states in the 1890s wreaking havoc on, cotton production and decreasing it significantly. The Boll Weevil fed on the bolls of cotton plants after hatching, leaving the plants unable to be used for production. This invasive species caused so much damage to the cotton industry in Georgia that in the 1990s, the Boll Weevil was officially eradicated from the United States.

Invasive Species #4 - Japanese Beetle

You've probably seen these beetles in your yard and know what they are. However, did you know that this species came to the United States in 1916 and as a new species here in America, they did not have any predators as they do in Japan, leaving them to spread rapidly and become invasive. These insects live in the ground and feed on over 300 grassroots flowers and fruits, causing a lot of damage that can be expensive to repair. What can you do to prevent this species from coming into your yard? There are many types of plants that these beetles don't like, so try these natural remedies first. If you find that this isn't a solution for you, you can contact our professionals at Yates-Astro.

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