Happy ‘Don’t-Spread-A-Pest’ Week!

Photo Credit CDC/Amanda Mills
Photo Credit CDC/Amanda Mills

If you’re like most people, you’re probably unaware that this week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week (March 3-8). It’s a time when industry professionals and government officials gather to form strategies for preventing and reducing invasive species threats to our health, economy, environment and natural resources in surrounding communities.

Invasive species are non-native species (both plants and animals) that cause harm. Common examples of invasive species include the Asian longhorned beetle or the kudzu vine plant.

In honor of this week, we invite everyone to take the Invasive Species Challenge and prevent being an “unknowing vehicle of dispersion.” What’s that mean? People can unknowingly spread unwanted pests when participating in everyday activities. Check out these tips below:

Boaters: Be sure to clean, drain and dry your boat trailer and gear every time you leave a body of water to avoid spreading non-native species.

Aquarium and pond owners: Be aware that if you find an undesirable fish species or “pet” in your aquarium, don’t release the pests into the environment. You could be harming the environment and spreading the pest even more. Read more tips from Habitattiude here.

Nature-lovers: If you enjoy the outdoors, be knowledgeable about the common unwanted pests or plants that surround your favorite areas and how you can help prevent the spread of those unwanted species.

Gardeners: Not all lurking species are bad, but some have a way of invading natural areas. Plant wisely and follow these easy tips to keep your garden free from issues.

Be proactive, inspect your surroundings and treat any pests you’ve found right away in the correct manner when boating, gardening, traveling, hiking, biking or camping.

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