Zebra Mussel

Spot the stripes, stop the spread.
 

How to Stop the Spread

Adult zebra mussels attach to anything that sits in the water. This includes boats, canoes, trailers, float planes, buoys, fishing equipment, etc.. They can survive out of water for 7 to 30 days depending on temperature and humidity.

BOATERS AND FISHERS

Always clean, drain and dry your watercraft and equipment when leaving a lake or river. Drain or empty any standing water away from storm sewers, lakes and rivers.

CLEAN



Common places where zebra mussels are found on boats and trailers.

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DRAIN

DRY

Drying times increase greatly in the spring and fall due to increased humidity and lower temperatures. Three consecutive days of freezing at -10 °C or colder can also be used as a decontamination option.

DISPOSE

For a more complete list of what to clean, drain and dry, go to: http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/waterstewardship/stopais/help/index.html




FLOAT PLANE OWNERS



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Water-related aircraft such as float planes and water bombers can spread zebra mussels.

Follow these steps before taking off from a Manitoba water body.