What can you do to help stop the spread of invasive species in Ontario?

You can help stop invasive species!

Here are a few ways you can help stop the spread of invasive species in Ontario

  • Gardening? Plant native species. For helpful suggestions see Grow Me Instead: Beautiful Non-Invasive Plants for your Garden (PDF 6Mb)
  • Going camping? Don’t transport firewood.  Buy it locally; leave what you don’t use there.
  • Going fishing? Don’t empty your bait bucket in or near water – it’s against the law.
  • Going boating? Wash your boat before you move to another lake or river.
  • Going hiking? Clean visible mud, plants and seeds from your boots and other equipment.
  • Have a fish pet that is no longer wanted? Don’t release it into the wild and don’t flush dead fish down the toilet. Put them in the garbage or compost.
  • Have a turtle or other small reptile pet that is no longer wanted? Don’t release it into the wild. Contact a reptile rescue society like Little RES Q for help.
  • Travelling?  Don’t take plants, plant parts, seeds or fruit across borders.

 

To learn more about the things you can do to help stop the spread of invasive species in Ontario visit www.invadingspecies.com.

 

Already have an invasive species on your property?

Eurasian water milfoil
Eurasian water milfoil
John Hardy/University of Wisconsin

To learn about what to do if you find an invasive species on your property, read the species fact sheets on the Aquatic Invasive Species and Terrestrial Invasive Species pages of this website.

 

You will also find useful information in the Landowner’s Guide to Controlling Invasive Woodland Plants and other similar publications.

 

Visit the Links page of this website for links to tips on managing and controlling invasive species. If you have questions or want more information, call the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711.