Resources on invasive species

For information on how to identify, report, or manage invasive species, please use the resources below.

The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) does not collect individual reports of invasive species or provide comprehensive guidance on managing invasive species. However, we highly recommend information from U of M Extension, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Natural Resources.

If you would like to provide feedback on MITPPC's species evaluations, please visit our prioritization process.

Resources for invasive species

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Identify invasive species

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Browse a list of land-based invasive species in Minnesota.

Midwest Invasive Species Information Network Species Training
Photo-based training modules will help you become more comfortable identifying invasive species in your daily life.

Midwest Stink Bug Assistant App
This free app for iOS and Android was developed by UMN researchers and partners to help with early identification and reporting of the brown marmorated stink bug.

MNDOT Minnesota Noxious Weeds List
A full-color guide for weed identification, including native and non-native lookalikes for comparison. Ring-bound printed copy is also available for purchase at the Minnesota Book Store.

University of Minnesota Plant Disease Clinic
UMN experts can help you determine whether your plant or tree is suffering from a disease like oak wilt caused by an invasive species.

Report an invasive species

Report a Pest
Report a Pest relies on Minnesota residents voluntarily reporting potential threats to Minnesota. Just follow three easy steps in the linked guide.

Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS)
Check invasive pest sightings on the map and learn how to report new sightings yourself.

Manage invasive species at home

Invasive Plant Control Database
Search this database by pest, habitat type, season and invasive species control experience level to find the best management options for your situation.

Help stop the spread of invasive species

Learn of the many ways you can help slow the spread of invasive species, whether you’re a camper, trail user, homeowner or field worker.

University of Minnesota Extension
Help researchers scout for forest pests with the Forest Pest First Detector program. Also check out MyMinnesotaWoods' Emerald Ash Borer Community Preparedness guide.

The Wasp Watchers program ended in July 2020, but has some useful information about the smoky winged beetle bandit wasp and emerald ash borer.

Submit a species for evaluation by MITPPC

The MITPPC has evaluated over 200 species to identify and prioritize the top threats eligible for research.

To view all MITPPC's evaluations, provide feedback on an evaluation, or submit a new species we should evaluate, please visit our prioritization process.