The week between February 27th and March 3rd has been declared the National Invasive Species Awareness Week across the United States. Over the course of the week, authorities will be offering information on pest and weed containment and prevention.
Initially, the National Invasive Species Awareness Week started out on a limited scale. It was meant to inform Washington D.C. politicians about the dangers of such species. But since then, the initiative has reached a larger scale.
A National Invasive Species Council was also created. This has a very specific target. It will help provide homeowners with the information previously offered to the politicians. And not only that, but it will also be providing additional information and help.
The National Invasive Species Week will also be serving as a week-long effort in educating the public as to the threats posed by such species. It will also be offering methods and techniques that can help prevent, contain, or stop their spread.
An invasive species can be anything from an animal, a plant or an organism. But one that is not traditionally found in the respective location. And not only are they non-native, but such species could also be having a negative impact. This latter covers anything from a public health to a social, economic, or ecological threat.
Nonetheless, such species can be stopped. Or at least controlled. For example, landowners can take a few simple measures that could prevent weed from spreading. These techniques were categorized in steps. The first ones target weed control methods. Another step is trying to prevent the invasive species from expanding.
Landowners should clean their agricultural equipment before using it on another field. This may help prevent weed seeds from reaching other areas. It could also help protect against any crop diseases that could be hiding in the respective plot’s soil.
They could also inspect their property areas. More exactly, they could target zones such as fence lines and ditches.
These regular controls could help detect the installation of invasive species. As a further protection method, the owners could try planting other species. For example, they could turn to native plants for food plots. Or chose non-invasive species for their gardens.
The owners should also keep an eye out for species that they do not recognize. These could well be invasive species or weeds. In such cases, the suspicious plants should the identified and classified. As such, the proper action can be taken.
Landowners should also check up on any imported products, such as hay. These could be an easy way of unconsciously spreading weeds or invasive species.
The National Invasive Species Awareness Week also points out the consequences of such species. These can be both on the material front and on the health one.
Weed control costs and crop production loss are some examples of material loss. But authorities point out that some weeds can lead to health problems. They may cause skins allergies, irritations, or even poisoning.
Specific information can be accessed on the governmental pages of most states or on the National Invasive Species Awareness Week webpage.
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