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As more people and imported commodities come to Colorado, the potential for unwanted pests increases.
Find more information about thJapanese beetles have become established in the Denver metro region in Colorado. The adult feed on over 300 types of plants. The larva feed on the roots of plants and can be very harmful to sod and lawns.
Photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
Find more information about the Japanese beetle by visiting the Colorado State University Extension or the California Department of Agriculture websites.
Gypsy moth larva feed on trees and shrubs and can defoliate large swaths of forest. A few moths have been found in Colorado. Please notify your local pest authority if you come across this insect.
Photo: Ferenc Lakatos, University of West-Hungary, Bugwood.org
Find more information about the gypsy moth by visiting the California Department of Agriculture or the U.S. Forest Service websites.
These small conical shaped snails have been found in a few locations in Colorado. They are less than ¼ inch long and form large colonies. They displace native snails and disrupt fish habitat.
Photo: Mohammed El Damir, Pest Management, Bugwood.org
Find more information about New Zealand mudsnail by visiting the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website's Hot Species page.
Zebra mussels are small clam-like organisms that form large colonies, displace native mollusks and disrupt natural aquatic ecosystems. They can clog pipes and impact dams and water systems.
Photo: Amy Benson, U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org
Find more information about Zebra mussels by visiting the 100th Meridian Initiative website or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.
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