Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey

Early detection of exotic plant pests, diseases, and weeds

The Massachusetts Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program conducts science-based state and national surveys targeting exotic plant pests, diseases, and weeds identified as threats to U.S. agriculture and/or the environment. These activities are accomplished under USDA funding that is provided through cooperative agreements with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). Surveys conducted through the CAPS Program represent a second line of defense against the entry of harmful plant pests and weeds. The mission of the CAPS program is to provide information about exotic plant pests of regulatory significance in the United States through early detection and surveillance.

2018 CAPS survey list:

Nursery and Retail Plants Survey
Citrus longhorned beetle Anoplophora chinensis
Asian longhorned beetle Anoplophora glabripennis
Scot’s pine blister rust Cronartium flaccidium
Spotted lanternfly Lycorma delicatula
Mile-a-minute vine Polygonum perfoliatum
Forest Pest Survey
Masson pine moth Dendrolimus punctatus
Pine sawfly Diprion pini
Large pine weevil Hylobius abietus
Japanese pine sawyer Monochamus alternatus
Black fir sawyer Monochamus urossovii
Black spruce longhorned beetle Tetropium castaneum
Brown spruce longhorned beetle Tetropium fuscum

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