Nevada prepares for increased invasive species population

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - With northern Nevada receiving heavy rainfall and snow leading up to National Invasive Species Awareness Week, our area has the probability of increased noxious weeds, which are invasive weed species that can be detrimental or destructive to Nevada’s landscapes.

That's according to the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

“Invasive noxious weeds species like Perennial pepperweed and Purple loosestrife grow well in wet soil conditions and can spread rapidly during flooding events,” Sean Gephart, the NDA’s noxious weed coordinator, said. “It is extremely important for landowners to keep an eye out for weeds like these on their property to reduce the risk of spreading.”

The Nevada Department of Agriculture provides resources such as the Nevada noxious weeds quick reference guide, which highlights what it calls the most effective control measures for common species. In addition, staff is available to assist landowners. The NDA website also provides a list of licensed control companies that help eradicate weed invasions.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is February 27 through March 3, 2017.