Controlling Invasive Species
Non-native and invasive species can alter ecological relationships among native species. They can affect ecosystem function, economic value of ecosystems, and human health. Successful pest management effectively controls the infestation and spread of non-native and invasive animal and plant species.
Please visit the links below to learn more about non-native and invasive pests.
Additional Information on Insects
Find more insect information through the University of Wisconsin (UW) Madison Department of Entomology's Insect ID tool.
Invasive plant Information from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:
Insect & Plant Control
Wisconsin’s Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control Rule, Chapter NR 40, Wis. Adm. Code helps citizens learn to identify and minimize the spread of plants, animals and diseases that can invade our lands and waters and cause significant damage.
Chapter NR 40 rule creates a comprehensive, science-based system with criteria to classify invasive species into two categories: "Prohibited" and "Restricted." With certain exceptions, the transport, possession, transfer and introduction of Prohibited species is banned. Restricted species are also subject to a ban on transport, transfer and introduction. Possession is allowed, with the exception of fish and crayfish.
Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium
The Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium (SEWISC) is a broad-based coalition that promotes efficient and effective management of invasive species throughout an eight-county region.
Invasive Species Resource Websites
- Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin
- Midwest Invasive Species Information Network
- Wisconsin State Herbarium
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- The University of Wisconsin’s Weed Information website provides useful information that is specific to the weedy plants of Wisconsin. You can use known traits to search for and identify 280 of the most common weeds.
- A YouTube video series that provides key characteristics for the identification of invasive plants listed in Wisconsin’s invasive species administrative rule Chapter NR 40 (PDF).
- The Nature Conservancy
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Plants Database