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State officials want public to learn more about invasive pests


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin has a lot of invasive pests that can kill trees, crops, gardens and flowers – and state agriculture officials suggest that you learn more about them.

This is “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.”

Both state and federal agriculture officials are offering advice on how to stop the spread of diseases – and potentially save millions of dollars in crop losses and treatment costs.

Among other things, officials urge folks not to carry firewood from one place to another. That can spread the tree-killing emerald ash borer – and other insects and their eggs can hide in firewood.

Officials say plants should be bought only from reputable outlets, and don’t bring in fruits and vegetables from other states unless they’ve been inspected in Wisconsin.

More information about pests can be found at a USDA Web site called HungryPests.Com.