Kentucky’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Plan
Kentucky’s Terrestrial Nuisance Species Plan
Invasive Species / Aquatic and Terrestrial Nuisance Species
Citizens Guide to Nuisance Species in Kentucky
What you can do to prevent the spread of these nuisance species
- Do not release fish and aquatic plants
- Remove any visible plants and seeds from transportation sources, equipment, dogs, and clothing before leaving an area.
- Do not move firewood! Never bring firewood into Kentucky from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wisconsin. These states are under a federal quarantine that restricts the movement of firewood out of those states in efforts to control the spread of the emerald ash borer, an insect that threatens Kentucky’s ash trees.
- Backcountry hunters and hikers using pack animals and horseback riders should feed those animals only with locally certified hay. Out-of-state hay could easily contain nuisance species seeds.
- Stop aquatic hitch-hikers! Switch to bulb-shaped or strap anchors on decoys. These do no collect submersed or floating plants as easily.
- Rinse transportation sources and equipment thoroughly with hard spray or HOT (105° F) water, like that found at a do-it-yourself carwash. Wash your dog with clean water and brush its coat.
- Due to the threat from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), it is illegal to bring live cervids (including deer, elk, reindeer, and moose) into Kentucky from out of state. Whole carcasses of cervids harvested in CWD-positive states may not come into or pass through Kentucky unless the brain and spinal column have been removed. For more information please click here.
Where can I obtain more information about nuisance/invasive species in Kentucky?
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council
General Information About Kentucky’s Invasive/ Nuisance Species
What are nuisance species?
Nuisance species are non-native species (a.k.a. exotic, alien, or non-indigenous) that have moved outside their native range AND threaten native species and interfere with important commercial, agricultural, and recreational actives.
Why do some species become “nuisances?”
Natural “checks and balances” such as predators, parasites, diseases, and competitors do not exist outside of the native ranges of these species creating an environment where they can dominate and become “nuisances.”
Native species are not used to living with these new species and are not adapted to eat them or compete with them.
Fact Sheets for Nuisance Species in Kentucky