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Recreation Vehicles (RVs)

Invasive species travel in recreation vehicles.

Parked vehicles and campers make great insect egg-laying sites.

RVs and other vehicles that have been parked for the season can harbor pests or egg masses, which, if not removed before being moved, can begin infestations in new areas.

Crop and tree-killing insects.

European gypsy moths can lay eggs on vehicles that sit for long periods of time. Those eggs can hitch a free ride to uninfested areas far, far away.

What's at risk.

Gypsy moth caterpillars defoliate, weaken, and can kill more than 300 different species of trees and shrubs.

Keep It Clean.

Check vehicles, especially wheel wells, for egg masses and other signs of insects and remove them. Wash off soil before leaving fishing, hunting, or camping trips.

If you're moving, be sure to visit to learn the legal requirements to move out of a European gypsy moth quarantine area—which is most of the northeast quarter of the United States—to a non-quarantine area.

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