The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

Summer travels are fun!!! Just don’t pack a PEST June 19, 2012

Did you make your reservations? Did you pack your gadgets, batteries and extra clothing just in case? Good! Now remember: do not pack a PEST on your way back!!! An invasive pest is an organism that is introduced into an area and becomes a pest in the new environment. Does not occur naturally in a specific area and therefore may not have any natural enemies. They cause economic (including agricultural) , environmental or human health harm.
Invasive pests spread by:

  • Commercial shipments of plants, food and other materials
  • By “hitch-hiking” on vehicles, fruits, plants, seeds or animals when travelers enter the U.S. or any state
  • When travelers bring prohibited fruits, plants, seeds or animals back from other states or countries.

Watch this video:

Top Invasive Pest Threats in the U.S.


For more information go to: Don’t pack a pest


One Response to “Summer travels are fun!!! Just don’t pack a PEST”

  1. Hi Vanessa,

    Thanks so much for spreading the word about invasive species and how to protect our environment from them! For more information about Florida’s plant and apiary industry, please visit our website at For traveler’s tips and information, visit our Don’t Pack a Pest page at

    And, we would LOVE to send you a Don’t Pack a Pest luggage tag to thank you for your support. If you are interested, feel free to email me at


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