Spring is here, bringing bugs and pests with the warmer weather. It is incredibly important to keep up on basic cleanliness in your home to prevent pests from finding their way in. Even still one person can end up bringing pests into your home, unknowingly. Here are some things you can do to prevent that.
“People wonder if their individual actions really matter. The answer is yes,” said Dale Anderson, South Dakota Department of Agriculture plant quarantine specialist. “It only takes one person who moves one piece of infested firewood, one infected plant or one piece of infested fruit to spread these invasive pests to a new area.”
Anderson advises that individuals take the following steps to keep invasive pests from spreading:
· Buy plants from reputable nurseries. Ask if they comply with federal and state quarantine restrictions to ensure their plants are pest-free.
· When traveling between states or to another country, check with a local USDA office before bringing back fruits, vegetables or plants.
· Don’t move untreated firewood. Instead, buy or responsibly gather firewood near the place it will be burned. Or, take certified, heat-treated firewood.
· Wash dirt and weed debris from boots, outdoor gear, vehicles and ATVs before traveling long distances to or from fishing, hunting, or camping trips.
· If relocating to a new home, clean lawn furniture and other outdoor items before placing them in a moving van or storage pod.