April is National Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness month. Invasive pests and plants can pose a major threat to a state’s agricultural and natural resources and can cost millions of dollars to control. If you’re wondering what you as an individual can possibly do to help stop such threats, be rest assured there are several easy, low or no cost steps you can take to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and pests. One of top ways is to use firewood that originates from the area where it will be burned and not transport firewood from one location to another. Egg cases or larvae from invasive species such as the Gypsy Moth, Emerald Ash Borer or the Asian Longhorned Beetle can make the trip with the wood and start new infestations in previously non-infested areas. Do not bring any undeclared plants back from vacation, and avoid using invasive plant species in your landscaping or garden areas. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of immunity when it comes to invasive pests and plants. They are there and they are destructive. To find out more about what invasive plant pests are in your state visit HungryPests.com.