What is an Exotic Species?

A species is exotic if it is found in an area it does not normally occur in. Exotic species may be harmless, beneficial, or invasive in their new area.

How do I know it is an exotic species?

You don’t always know what you have, but there is help!

This website provides several ways to contact a state agency to identify your specimen. Look for the downloadable app to report suspect insects; an electronic form to fill out and send; a Hotline number (1-800-491-1899) to call; or a link to each county’s agricultural commissioner or extension offices.

The choice is yours!