Kentucky Department of Fish and
Nuisance Species Plans
Aquatic Nuisance Species Plan
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.
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
Where can I obtain more information about
nuisance/invasive species in Kentucky?
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council
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
to More Invasive Species Fact Sheets
What nuisance species in Kentucky pose the most
The Kentucky Exotic Plant Council lists the following
species as “severe threats” in Kentucky:
Nuisance species have major biological, economical, and
aesthetic impacts on Kentucky.