The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching an effort the could help Nebraska farmers and homeowners in the fight against plant pests.
Mike Watson, with the USDA, says those bugs and the diseases they carry can cause a lot of expensive damage.
“Hungry pests cost the United States approximately $120-billion a year. That impacts everything from our food to our health to our environment to our parks to our home landscaping,” Watson says.
The pests range from aphids and beetles to moths and fruit flies.
The agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is recruiting an ally in the fight against hungry pests by helping to teach middle school students what they can do.
“Teachers can download this curriculum for free. It meets the national Common Core standards and it allows the teachers to use this module to help educate the students about how these pests got here, the damage they cause and what they can do to help stop the spread of these pests,” Watson says.
Teachers can access the information at hungrypests.com.