The following descriptions represent a diverse range of invasive organisms. The species included in this list meet one or more of the following criteria:
- are known to have significant economic impacts on agricultural ecosystems, public infrastructure or natural resources, including impact on recreational activities, or
- are widely recognized by biologists and resource managers to degrade natural ecosystems, or negatively affect native species, or have, or can have, deleterious effects on human health.
Keep Out! Examples of invasive species not yet established in Virginia where prevention is the key strategy. These are sometimes referred to as "early detection" species. If found before becoming established in Virginia, these species would be targeted for eradication.
Sirex Wood Wasp
Sudden Oak Death / Ramorum Blight
Chinese Mitten Crab
Arrived! These species have recently become established in Virginia.
Emerald Ash Borer
Northern Snakehead Fish
Go Away! Examples of species that are established in Virginia where control and management are the key strategies.
Japanese Stilt Grass
Imported Fire Ant