New Bug Species in Florida
Published July 5th, 2013
Species of mosquitos, termites and even stink bugs are among the list of the new bugs discovered in Florida.
University of Florida experts say they are seeing one to three new species per month.
These new bugs can cause serious economic troubles by affecting agriculture, forestry, homeowners, public health and the environment.
Some are so dangerous, UF experts call the spread of these pests, "accidential bioterrorism."
Scientists say people who travel are one of the main causes for their introduction.
"When they bring home a cutting of a plant or some soil or some fruits, they maybe importing pests insects along with those products."
An example of a state-wide and nation-wide devastation is citrus greening, which is caused by a bacterium carried by the Asian Citrus Psyllid, and no one knows how it got to U.S. soil eight years ago.
Lauren Lettelier, TV20 News.
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