Source: USDA APHIS
RVs, UTVs and other vehicles that have been parked for a while can harbor pests or egg masses, which, if not removed before being moved, can begin infestations in new areas.
Crop and tree-killing insects: European gypsy moths can lay eggs on vehicles that sit for long periods of time. Those eggs can hitch a free ride to uninfested areas far, far away.
What’s at risk: Gypsy moth caterpillars defoliate, weaken, and can kill more than 300 different species of trees and shrubs.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Keep It Clean: Check vehicles, especially wheel wells, for egg masses and other signs of insects and remove them. Wash off soil before leaving fishing, hunting, or camping trips.
For more information, visit https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/hungry-pests.