The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)
has been notified that several Virginia residents have received
unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated
from China. The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time
and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and
may have Chinese writing on them.
Please do not plant these seeds. VDACS encourages anyone who has
received unsolicited seeds in the mail that appears to have Chinese
origin to contact the Office of Plant Industry Services (OPIS) at
804.786.3515 or through the ReportAPest@vdacs.virginia.gov email.
Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy
native plants and insects and severely damage crops. Taking steps to
prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both
the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and
mitigate those infestations.