Prevention is key for helping to stop the spread of invasive species.
Certain invasive species have adapted to be able to be easily spread via seeds or plant fragments, which can attach to clothing and equipment. Since new plants can grow from viable seeds and small plant fragments (in some species, such as Knotweeds), it is crucial to make sure you are not spreading these species to new areas.
Here are a few key things you can do to help prevent the spread of invasive species:
- Clean clothes and shoes of seeds and plant debris – don’t forget to clean your pets too!
- Clean your equipment of any seeds and plant fragments, especially if you’re going to be using them at multiple sites
- Never release non-native plants or animals into the environment
- Put invasive species plant fragments into the trash, not in compost (as they can regrow)
There are many campaigns that aim to teach the public how they can help with invasive species prevention. Learn how you can help with the advice of these campaigns:
- Clean, Drain and Dry your boat (required by Michigan law)
- After enjoying outdoor activities, cleaning your boots, gear, pets, and vehicles (Play Clean Go)
- Never release water garden plants or pets into the wild (RIPPLE)
- Don’t Move Firewood, it can spread forest pests