Pest Management Options:  Invasive Pest Concerns

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Every state in the U.S. monitors for potential invasive pests through the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Program. CAPS is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which operates the Plant Protection and Quarantine Program (PPQ). The CAPS survey data collected each year are entered into a federal database (NAPIS or IPHIS) and used to determine pest  distribution and population levels, the life-stages of specific target pests, first occurrences, and other pest-related phenomena of local interest. Pest Tracker ( is the public face of invasive pest detection surveys.

Orchard surveys target up to 10 pests, including European grapevine moth, light brown apple moth, plum pox virus, and Asiatic brown rot.  Although spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug have both been found in the Intermountain West, they are still being carefully monitored in orchards. More information about both these pests can be found in the Insect Biology section.

All surveys and reports can be found on each state’s CAPS website: 

  • Utah CAPS Program (scroll to bottom of page for reports)
  • Colorado CAPS Program
  • Idaho state survey reports are not available online.  Please contact the Division of Plant Industries, Idaho State Department of Agriculture for more information at:
    • 2270 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712
    • Phone: 208-332-8627, Fax: 208-334-2283
  • Montana CAPS Program