Early detection and rapid response are the best and most cost-effective approaches to controlling invasive plant species. However, without proper education and the help of every citizen, it’s impossible to achieve either. Once non-native species become established, they’re almost impossible to remove and very difficult to control. Your help in monitoring and removing invasive species around your home, school or community before they have a chance to spread is crucial.
Follow the basic preventive steps below to keep from introducing nuisance plants, animals or other organisms to areas where they can inflict serious ecological harm.
▀ Remove any visible mud, plants, fish or animals and eliminate water from every conceivable item BEFORE leaving an area.
▀ Clean and dry anything that came in contact with water (boats, trailers, equipment, boots, clothing, dogs, toys, etc.).
▀ NEVER release plants, fish or animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water. This includes water garden and aquarium plants and aquatic pets and bait (even if they appear dead).
▀ Clean your hiking boots and car and trailer tires before leaving an area.
▀ Never plant known invasive species on your property.
▀ Take inventory of existing plants and remove the invaders.
▀ Ask your garden center or landscaper to sell or use only native plants that are not invasive.