Unwanted pets released into the wild, run-away livestock, escaped garden or aquarium plants, or “green waste” dumped in natural areas can all lead to invasive species infestations.
Many people don’t know the damage that can come from a simple act such as letting a pet go in the wild. The Everglades in Florida are now overrun with Burmese pythons that were once pets, which now impact native species. These snakes can grow to six metres (20 feet) in length and over 90 kilograms (200 pounds)!
The American bullfrog may not consume as much as a python, but in BC, this invasive species has caused extensive damage to native frog populations since it was released into the environment decades ago by failed frog-leg farmers or uninformed pet owners.
Even the simple act of moving firewood can accidentally introduce invasive species such as forest pests like the Asian longhorned beetle.
Buy only locally adapted and non-invasive plants for your garden or restoration project.
Do not grow plants you can’t identify in your garden.
The Invasive Species Council of BC provides resources in the PlantWise program, which highlights common garden plant species that can be invasive and provides alternative non-invasive options. For more information, visit the following webpage.