|Adult Brown Marmorated Stink Bug|
Many people are either unaware or only vaguely aware that there is a problem with imported pests. We’ve all heard of fire ants and africanized honeybees and most of us in Kitsap county are aware that Scotch Broom is an imported invasive weed. Even here in Kitsap, invasive organisms are more common than many of us suspect. “Invasive” organisms are, mostly, animals and plants that are not native to our area and have the potential to cause some sort of damage. Scotch Broom, Himalayan Blackberry, and Yellow Flag are all examples of invasives that we may like (pretty flowers or tasty fruit) but cause ecological and/or economic damage.