We have a lot of bugs in Michigan. Tons of mosquitoes during the summertime and annoying pests that swarm us during the warmer months. Which ones should you squish immediately because they are an invasive species?

As you can see in the pictures below, these are the species we've grown to strongly dislike. I'm not the guy who kills bugs every time I see them. I will however be on the lookout for the following pests to do my part to protect our state from pests.

8 Pests You Should Squish Immediately in Michigan

Giant African Snail

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This one isn't a little guy like the rest, but he has a direct impact on people with the potential of causing meningitis. He brings parasites AND directly impacts food products and tree bark.

Asian Longhorn Beetle

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These beetles aren't any good. This guy likes to bully trees. He grows inside of them and feeds on living nutrients that keep the tree alive. You know what we do with bugs that are bullies? SQUISH THEM!

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Rhagoletis Cerasi

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These ugly critters? Yeah, they love to lay eggs in your fruit. Especially cherries (it's other name is the European Cherry Fruit Fly.) This pest is directly harmful to fruit, to if you see him flying about... be sure to give him the right act!

Khapra Beetle

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Take your vengeance out next time you see this guy, because he directly impacts your cereal. It also destroys any dried fruit or animal products, rice, grains or oilseeds.

Spotted Lanternfly

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This pest is a real nuisance. They're also known locally as stink bugs. This pest sucks sap out of plants and makes a "honeydew" liquid that's super sticky. This liquid both kills plants AND attracts other harmful bugs. See this guy? Document it and send it in HERE... then squish the bugger!

Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

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According to the USDA, these pests don't just bother us in Michigan. This gnarly bug is responsible for the death of ash trees. TENS OF MILLIONS to be exact! That's why it's important to watch out for these guys.

European Grape Moth

Although this video is set in California, we have a lot of wineries in Michigan and these pests affect the wineries in the Mitten.

Flighted Spongy Moth Complex

 

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