Every year invasive species disrupt successful IPM programs and threaten our food supply, natural areas, homes and gardens. Re-emerging pests can also become a problem with changes in climate, pest management practices and pest species genetics. 

Pest Alerts
To support the national invasive species outreach efforts, the North Central IPM Center will take the lead on developing Pest Alerts. This will include soliciting authors, designing, publishing and distributing Pest Alerts online and in print. These short publications provide information on pest identification, their biology, and potential ways to manage the pest with IPM tactics.

Click on a pest to view the pest alert through the Iowa State University Extension Store:

Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)

Bagrada Bug (Bagrada hilaris Burmeister)

Boxwood Dieback (Colletotrichum theobromicola Delacr.)

Brown Dog Tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus)

Blueberry Scorch Virus (Vaccinium corymbosum)

Blueberry Shock Virus (Bromoviridae: Harvirus)

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys)

Chili Thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood)

Corn Delphacid (Peregrinus maidis)

Cycad Aulacaspis Scale (Aulacaspis yasumatsui)

European Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi)

Lobate Lac Scale (Paratachardina lobata)

Multicolored Asian Ladybeetle (Harmonia axyridis)

Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri)

Pink Hibiscus Mealybug (Maconellicoccus hirsutus)

Plum Pox Virus (Potyviridae: Potyvirus)

Ralstonia solanacerum

Red Blotch

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Rickettsia rickettsii)

South American Tomato Leafminer (Tuta absoluta)

Soybean Aphid (Aphis glycines)

Soybean Rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi; Phakopsora meibomiae)

Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula)

Spotted Wing Drosopila (Drosophila suzukii)

Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora ramorum)

Sugarcane Planthopper (Perkinsiella saccharicida)

Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut (Geosmithia Morbida)

Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases

Tospoviruses (Bunyaviridae: Tospovirus)

West Nile Virus (Flavivirus)

Western Bean Cutworm (Striacosta albicosta Smith)

Wood Boring Insects

Zika Virus

Invasive Species Response Kits
The Regional IPM Centers will develop a virtual kit to help specialists and working groups, across the country, track invasive species. The kit will include instructions on how to track the locations and movement of pests, identifying the area's specialist(s), how to develop outreach materials, building websites and communicating strategies and impacts. The Regional IPM Centers provide assistance to invasive trackers through technological support, publishing and the dispersal of outreach materials.