Plant Pest Regulatory Program
Plant Pest Act
Black Fly Control Program
The Black Fly Control Program has the responsibility of significantly reducing the black fly population in southeastern West Virginia without adversely affecting non-target aquatic organisms within the area of treatment. This is accomplished by monitoring black fly larval development in certain southern West Virginia river systems for the purpose of determining the optimum time to conduct black fly control operations. Suppression activities target problem areas of the New, Bluestone and Greenbrier Riers.
Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS)
The CAPS program conducts surveys for insects, plant pathogens, and injurious weeds in field crops to detect any new non-native plant pests and to monitor the impact of native agricultural pests. The program functions in a cooperative agreement with USDA-APHIS-PPQ on specific pest-control issues, supports export certification programs, and contributes data to the National Agricultural Pest Information System’s (NAPIS) computer database.
West Virginia citizens can send a picture of a suspected pest, a brief description of visable damage to trees/plants and the location (nearest town) to email@example.com.
Landowners will be notified if the tip raises concerns, and a site visit may be scheduled.
Pest Identification Laboratory (PIL)
The PIL is a cooperative effort of the entomology and plant pathology staff. It complements the pest survey and detection efforts of the APS Unit by providing expertise in the identification of insects, plant diseases, weeds, and other pests. The PIL also disseminates information on the pests identified and investigates problems considered significant from a biological, regulatory, or impact standpoint. PIL personnel maintain permanent reference collections and record systems of insects, plant diseases and weeds. Pest control recommendations are provided for private individuals, businesses, and other government agencies when needed.