Invasive Species

Invasive species include plants and animals (with a focus on insects) that are non-native to Connecticut and other areas of New England that have been introduced into our area either accidentally or intentionally. They have escaped from the managed landscapes where they were originally planted to become established in natural areas, which are sometimes referred to as minimally-managed habitats. Over time, these invaders increase in population and become so widespread that they outcompete and displace native plants, resulting in losses of animal species that depended on native plants for food, protection, and shelter. The establishment and spread of invasive plants will ultimately reduce the value of these natural areas of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows.

The UConn IPM Program for Invasive Species provides information on the identification of non-native, invasive plants and insects and offers management solutions for many of these invaders. Invasive species information is found here and via links to other resources.


Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG)

Connecticut Swallow-wort Biocontrol Fact Sheet

Connecticut Swallow-wort Biocontrol Project Map 2019-22

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Victoria Wallace

Extension Educator

Turf and Landscape, School IPM, Pollinators, Invasive Species

IPM Team Leader