Invasive Species in South Carolina

Stink Bug, Japanese Beetle, and Gypsy Moth

Living in the Lowcountry comes with pests; some are invasive species you should know about.

Here are some of the invasive species in South Carolina. It's a good idea to know the pests that have made their home in our area. 

Invasive Species #1 - Spongy Moth 

The Spongy Moth is formerly known as the Gypsy Moth. The name change came about in March of this year. This species was brought to North America in 1869 by an artist trying to breed a different silkworm species. They are known to feed on more than 300 species of trees and shrubs because of their massive appetite in their larvae or caterpillar stage. This leaves many trees and shrubs weak and exposed to diseases and other pests that can kill them. If you suspect these moths or caterpillars are in your trees or shrubs, you should reach out to your state's forestry enforcement.

Invasive Species #2 - Japanese Beetle

You've probably seen these guys in your yard and know what they are. However, did you know that this species came to the United States in 1916? Because they were a new species here in America, they did not have any predators as they do in Japan, leaving them to spread rapidly and become invasive. These insects live in the ground and feed on over 300 grassroots flowers and fruits, causing a lot of damage that can be expensive to repair. So, what can you do to prevent this species from coming into your yard? There are many types of plants that these beetles don't like, so try these natural remedies first. If you find that this isn't a solution for you, you can contact our professionals at Old South Exterminators. Even lawn care professionals can also talk about your options. 

Invasive Species #3 - Stink Bugs

These bugs have a silly name, but they are no joking matter as they are invasive to most of the United States, including South Carolina. The Stink Bug species came to North America in the mid-1990s. Although they're not a threat to most people, they're most dangerous to farmers and the crops they feed on, making them no longer viable for production. Most Stink Bugs become a nuisance to you and your neighbors during the year's colder months, when they try to find shelter from the cold, just like us humans. When squished, this pest releases a terrible odor that can linger for a while. Don't hesitate to call us if you think you may have an infestation. We can help!


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