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Japanese Knotweed the UK's New Real Estate Menace

Renee Healion

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Connecticut
It has been here for some time. It likes disturbed ground but will grow anywhere, and fast. Probably 15 years ago I was hacking it out of my neighbor's stone wall that was of no concern to him. Odd place for it but it grows well anywhere. Also, it is harvested by herbalists as a treatment for Lyme and related infections. (Just enter Knotweed and Lyme in Google).
 

Gobears81

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Illinois
Never seen that one luckily, but invasives are really taking over in some otherwise pristine parts. Around here, honeysuckle is probably the biggest problem - I've spent almost every warm weather weekend outside for a few years pulling that stuff from my yard and it's just now mostly gone. That species was introduced by the government, and if you look at state parks, they are all overrun with honeysuckle. Not to take a tired anti-government role on something like this, but they can start a problem yet can't be bothered to help with removing it.
 

Peter LeQuire

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Tennessee
Bradford pear has been disasterous for flowering wild fruit trees. Kudzu may be holding Alabama together, but in many places it's a plague. Nandina berries kill birds that feed on them. And on and on............All these have in common that they are not native to this country.
 

EddieB

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North Carolina
The common House Sparrow is another example. Evil birds!
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Arkansas
common House Sparrow
Starlings
Rock Dove
House Finch
Johnsongrass
Dandelion
Multiflora rose
Japanese Honeysuckle
Kudzu
English Ivy
Asian Lady Beetle
Green Ash Borer
Japanese beetle
Burmese Python
Asian Carp
Snakehead fish
about umpteen thousand more
 

NP_MAI

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Florida
Burmese pythons in the everglades, stupid iquanas, and monitor lizards (particularly nasty).
 
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