Nuisance & Problem Species

What makes a species "invasive"?

"Invasive" species come from other watersheds, other regions or other continents. In a new landscape, they may have no natural controls, such as predators. As a result, non-native animals, such as feral hogs, often eat local wildlife or their foods and consume or destroy their habitat. Invasive plants, such as spotted knapweed, can also outcompete crops and livestock forage, reducing economic productivity.

What's the difference between "invasive" and "nuisance"?

"Nuisance" animals are native to the local landscape but can cause problems. Canada geese, for example, have historically used Missouri for summer breeding grounds, but they have become nuisances where they have year-round access to short, palatable grass and open water.

What can I do about invasive species?

If you care about crops and native wildlife, please do what you can to control invasive species when you landscape, farm, hunt, fish, camp, or explore nature. Invasive species and their seeds can travel on tires, clothes, in bait buckets and firewood.

Find info and help with wildlife that can become a problem in Missouri, and learn how to prevent wildlife from becoming a nuisance.

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Wildlife Control Guidelines

If wildlife is damaging your property, you may control it, but learn the wildlife-control guidelines and related regulations first.

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Armadillo Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control armadillo damage on your Missouri property.

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Badger Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control badger damage on your Missouri property.

Silver-Haired Bat

Bat Control

Learn to prevent and control nuisance bats in your Missouri home or outbuildings.

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Beaver Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control beaver damage on your Missouri property.

Black Bear Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control black-bear damage on your Missouri property.

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Blackbird Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control blackbird damage in Missouri.

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Canada Goose Control

Learn to control nuisance Canada geese in your Missouri community or on private property.

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Chipmunk Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control chipmunk damaage on your Missouri property.

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Common Snapping Turtle Control

Learn to control nuisance common snapping turtles in your Missouri pond or wetland. It is illegal to harm or kill endangered alligator snapping turtles in Missouri.

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Cottontail Rabbit Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control cottontail-rabbit damage on your Missouri property.

Coyote Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control nuisance coyotes on your Missouri property.

Deer Control

Browse techniques for controlling nuisance white-tailed deer on your Missouri property.

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Feral Hogs in Missouri

Because they are non-native, destructive and dangerous, feral hogs should be eliminated from Missouri. This section discusses efforts to control feral hogs in our state.

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Groundhog Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control groundhog damage on your Missouri property.

eastern mole

Mole Control

Learn to identify and control nuisance moles on your Missouri property.

Muskrat Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control muskrat damage in your Missouri pond or wetland.

Opossum Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control opossum damage on your Missouri property.

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Otter Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control otter damage on your Missouri property.

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Pigeon Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control damage from non-native common pigeons (also known as rock doves) on your Missouri property.

Raccoon Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control raccoon damage on your Missouri property.

Skunk Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control striped skunk damage on your Missouri property.

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Squirrel Control

Learn to recognize, prevent, and control squirrel damage on your Missouri property.

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Vole Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control nuisance voles on your Missouri property.

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Weasel Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control weasel damage on your Missouri property.

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Asian Carp Control

Because black, silver carp and bighead carp are non-native Asian fish that can cause big problems, it's illegal to use them as live bait in Missouri. Keep them from spreading to your favorite sport-fishing water.

Asian Long-Horned Beetle Control

These invasive beetles kill hardwood trees. Learn to identify their signs and help keep them out of Missouri.

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Emerald Ash Borer Management

Emerald ash borer is an exotic beetle that kills ash trees. Learn to identify and report EAB in your area.

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European Wood Wasp Control

Learn to identify and control this destructive forest pest, which attacks Missouri's pine trees.

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Feral Hogs in Missouri

Because they are non-native, destructive and dangerous, feral hogs should be eliminated from Missouri. This section discusses efforts to control feral hogs in our state.

Gypsy Moth Trap

Gypsy Moth & Missouri

These hungry insects aren't in Missouri yet, but they will drastically alter our forests if and when they arrive. Learn to avoid spreading these destructive forest pests.

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Pigeon Control

Learn to identify, prevent, and control damage from non-native common pigeons (also known as rock doves) on your Missouri property.

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Starling Control

Learn to control European starlings in Missouri livestock feedlots.

Zebra Mussel

Zebra Mussel Control

These invasive, fingernail-sized, black-and-white striped "clams" hurt Missouri's waters. Learn to avoid spreading them.

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Wildlife Reminders

Watch for the reddish orange blooms of the butterfly milkweed along roadsides and in diverse grasslands now through August.

Grassland birds continue to nest - resist the temptation to mow this month!

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