There are native tree diseases and pests that have threatened Connecticut trees for centuries, but did you know there are multitudes of various non-native invasive diseases and pests that can be even more hazardous to the health of our trees? These pests and diseases usually hitch a ride when goods are being transported. Invasive species, such as the hemlock woolly adelgid, cause great destruction to the areas that they invade. Up to 80 percent of hemlock trees have been killed by this pest in our region which causes a devastating loss of habitat to native wildlife and insects. Increased research and public awareness can help prevent the spread and damage, but many of these pests will never be fully eliminated from our environment.
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