exotic pests

The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) is a national pest detection program funded through a cooperative agreement between the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS). The goal of the program is to provide an early warning system for pest detection and response that is critical for safeguarding our nation's agricultural and natural resources. Typical surveys target exotic and invasive pests and pests of export significance.

State cooperators (including personnel in the State Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources agencies, the University of Maine, and Cooperative Extension) and USDA personnel conduct pest surveys throughout the State of Maine.  Data collected from these surveys are organized and stored in the National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS) database, which is accessible to the public and provides a wealth of information on exotic pests and pests of export significance.

Survey activities in Maine for 2014 will focus on the following:

Survey Common Name Scientific Name
Exotic Bark Beetle and Woodborer SurveyAsian Longhorned BeetleAnoplophora glabripennis
Exotic Bark Beetle and Woodborer SurveyEuropean Spruce Bark Beetle Ips typographus
Exotic Bark Beetle and Woodborer Survey Goldspotted Oak BorerAgrilus auroguttatus
Exotic Bark Beetle and Woodborer SurveyJapanese Pine SawyerMonochamus alternatus
Exotic Bark Beetle and Woodborer SurveyOak Splendour BeetleAgrilus biguttatus
Exotic Corn Pest SurveyAsian Corn BorerOstrinia furnacalis
Exotic Corn Pest SurveyCotton CutwormSpodoptera litura
Exotic Corn Pest SurveyEgyptian CottonwormSpodoptera littoralis
Exotic Corn Pest SurveyFalse Codling MothThaumatotibia leucotreta
Exotic Corn Pest SurveyOld World BollwormHelicoverpa armigera
Exotic Small Grains Pest SurveyBritish Root-Knot NematodeMeloidogyne artiellia
Exotic Small Grains Pest Survey Cereal Cyst NematodeHeterodera filipjevi
Exotic Small Grains Pest SurveyMediterranean Cereal Cyst NematodeHeterodera latipons
Exotic Small Grains Pest SurveyDwarf BuntTilletia controversa
Exotic Small Grains Pest SurveyKarnal BuntTilletia indica
Exotic Small Grains Pest SurveyFlag SmutUrocystis agropyri

To read more about the national CAPS program, please visit the USDA-APHIS site.

Updated: October 21, 2014