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Plants or Plant Parts

Invasive species travel in plants or plant parts.

Plants moved from other areas may be harmful.

Plants and plant parts moved from one area of the country to another (even just a short distance), or imported into this country, could spread invasive insects, diseases, and pests much farther than they could travel on their own.

Insects, snails, slugs, mites, microscopic worms, and diseases.

Insects, snails, slugs, mites, microscopic worms, and diseases can travel into and across the country on plants and plant parts like budwood.

What's at risk.

America's crops, forests, ecosystems, community landscapes, and backyard gardens.

Millions of dollars spent by farmers and government on necessary control and treatment activities.

Foreign markets that could close to U.S. products from infested areas.

Plant Carefully.

Buy your plants from a reputable source and avoid using invasive plant species at all costs.

Don't bring or mail fresh fruits, vegetables, plants or any food or agricultural items into your state or another state unless agricultural inspectors have cleared them beforehand.

Get answers from your local USDA office—find contact information by state.

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