How to Control Invasive Species


Invasive species occur throughout Florida’s landscape in many forms, including plants, animals and insects. They can be aggressive and sometimes out-compete Florida’s native species. When these species take over natural areas, local wildlife is impacted due to loss of food and nutrition resources.

For plants, invasive can have higher growth rates, fewer diseases and require fewer nutrients and light to proliferate. A monoculture, or single crop of invasive vegetation, can also change soil chemistry and make it more difficult for other vegetation to grow. Here are six ways you can take action against invasive species:

  1. Clean your shoes, clothes, packs, and pets to reduce the transfer of invasive plants and seeds.
  2. Stay on designated trails when you hike.
  3. Clean, drain, and dry your watercraft and angling equipment to stop aquatic hitchhikers.
  4. Buy certified heat-treated firewood, or gather on site when/where permitted.
  5. Before traveling to new areas, inspect and clean your trailers and other recreational vehicles water or compressed air.
  6. Take the PlayCleanGo Pledge and invite your family and friends to do the same.

For more information about invasive species in Florida, visit Florida Invasive Species or UF/IFAS Extension Orange County.

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