How Can I Help?

Have you seen something suspicious in your backyard or neighborhood? Are you having trouble identifying something you've found? Report potential invasive species you've found by calling the Idaho Invasive Species Hotline at 1-877-336-8676. Your submission will provide vital early detection information to the experts working to stop the next invasion before it starts. This number is toll-free. You may also call this number if you have a question regarding a specific invasive pest.

Early Detection is the Key

To protect Idaho from invasive species, it is important to stop new outbreaks before they start. By the time an invader is easily noticeable and begins to cause damage, it is often too late. It can be difficult and expensive to remove an established invader. However, by detecting new outbreaks early and acting quickly to control them, we can avoid many of the environmental and economic losses caused by invasive species.

Small Water Hyacinth Infestation - Photo ISDA

Don’t Move a Mussel (or anything else)

When working or playing in Idaho’s waters, you can do some simple things to reduce the chances of moving aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Knowing which waters contain these species is not as important as making the following things a habit:

  • Before leaving any waterbody, always inspect equipment (boats, planes, trailers, decoy anchors, SCUBA gear, and lures) for visible plants and animals. Remove this material on site. Carefully check places that are still damp. Dispose of the removed material in a trash receptacle or on high, dry ground where there is no danger of it washing into a waterbody.
  • Eliminate water from all equipment, including motors, live wells, boat hulls, scuba regulators, bait buckets, waders and boots. Clean and dry anything that came in contact with water (Boats, decoys, trailers, equipment, clothing, dogs, etc.).
  • Before launching any boat into new waters, allow your equipment to dry completely, ideally for five days.
  • When waterfowl hunting, use elliptical, bulb-shaped, or strap anchors on decoys, which avoid collecting submerged and floating aquatic plants. Be sure to remove aquatic plants, animals, and mud that are attached to decoy lines or anchors.
  • Anglers should be aware that ANS can lodge in nets and other equipment and can be unintentionally transported into noninfested waters.
  • Never release animals or plants (aquarium species, bait, pets, or water garden plants) into the wild.

IISF program-related questions should be directed to the Idaho Department of Agriculture. 1-877-336-8676