The Plant Industry Bureau's Plant Protection Section works with "regulated" pests and disease-causing organisms such as viruses, bacteria or fungi that the state and/or federal government have taken legal actions to control or eradicate. This involves well-known pests like the gypsy moth and emerald ash borer, which we already have in Wisconsin. It also involves many less well-known insects and diseases that threaten our agricultural crops, nursery industry, or forests. Some have already been detected in Wisconsin; others have not, and we would like to keep it that way.
Here are the main pests we are already dealing with or trying to prevent from entering Wisconsin.
Emerald ash borer