Japanese beetles devastated my neighborhood this summer. They eat flowers, leaves, trees; You name it – they destroyed it. You can buy traps that attract the Japanese bugs with pheromones. The traps work almost too well. Within a few hours they fill up with hundreds of bugs. The plastic bags hang in almost every garden, heavy and full of trapped bugs. But no matter how many traps are cleared, the number of bugs chewing through the neighborhood will not be affected. There is always more.
Uncontrolled numbers that are free from natural predators are the reason invasive species are destroying new environments. Have you read ours Article about the spotted lantern fly? Agricultural quarantines are in place in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania to stop the spread. Invasive species are damaging ecosystems around the world and some of them are really sucking.
5 worst invasive species
This fast-climbing plant is called the home-eating vine for a reason. Native to the Pacific Islands as well as East and Southeast Asia, it is widespread in the American South. Kudzu kills native species with an aggressive shade. It’s taken over lots in places like rural Georgia and Florida and can cover entire homes if people don’t eradicate it early on.
These mollusks originate from freshwater lakes in Russia and have gained the upper hand worldwide. They love to eat local seaweed. And they grow and kill all over native species of mollusks. Fish and ducks will eat the clams, but not enough to keep them from clogging power plant water supplies and damaging boats.
It’s the largest toad in the world and a big problem for Australia. Native to South and Central America, they contain venom that deter predators from eating them. Australia introduced the cane toad to control an invasive beetle that was destroying sugar cane plants. Now the toads are uncontrollably dominating the Australian ecosystem.
Goats were a natural choice for settlers to move across the ocean – they are sturdy, provide meat and milk, and help tend the land. In Australia they kept farms and ranches free of weeds. As herds fled farmers over the years, they have taken over the Australian countryside.
It’s hard to blame humans for the spread of a fish that can both breathe air and migrate from wetland to wetland. It is native to Asia and walks from ponds in Pakistan to the Philippines. Now you can see them on zebra crossings in Florida, where they go from fish farm to fish farm, eating schools of fish.
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