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The most effective way to do away with an invasive species is to prevent it from establishing in the first place. Here we present easy options for how you can prevent the spread of invasives. Be part of the solution!

Hand grasping a fishing pole.


The bait you are using or the material that the bait is packed in may not be native to the area you are fishing.

Farmer next to fence.

Farmer or Rancher

Without knowing, you may be seeing or managing invasive weed species.

Gardener holding tomatoes.

Gardener or Landscaper

You may encounter a wide variety of invasive plants, such as butterfly bush, and trees you purchase could be a home for invasive insects.

Adult and child on the beach.

Recreational Boater or Water User

Whether you're a boater, a swimmer, or a shoreline resident, you may encounter a wide range of invasive species.

Backpackers hiking on a trail.

Recreational Trail User

If you are a hiker, birdwatcher, biker, or otherwise enjoy getting outside in Washington, you may see invasive species.

Kid holding a fish bowl.

Aquarium Owner

There may be non-native and invasive species in your aquarium.

Forester next to tree.


If you work in Washington's forests, you may see a variety of invasive species, and the health of the trees you work with may be threatened.

Hunter in tall grass.


While hunting, you may encounter a varitey of invasive plants and animals.

Kid holding a magnifying glass.


If you're a teacher, the science kits you use in your classroom may contain non-native species.

Person carrying a suitcase.


If you're traveling, whether you're driving across several states or flying around the world, you could be transporting invasive species.

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