In this episode, Matt speaks with Sam Holt, Program and Education Specialist for Ada County Idaho’s Weed, Pest, and Mosquito Abatement Department and with Joey Milan, Biological Control Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management about noxious weeds and invasive species. Together, they answer common questions and provide a lot of insight.

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For example, did you know that there are laws that require you to take care of noxious weeds on your property? Did you know that in some counties your taxes are already paying for noxious weed services? Do you know when you should try to control noxious weeds?

There is a specific list of plants in Idaho and Oregon that are invasive and not native. These plants can push out native and agriculture plants harming the environment. Learn what you can do.

When you call the Ada County Weed, Pest, and Mosquito Abatement they are able to give you a free recommendation on how to take care of your noxious weeds. If you would like them to spray as well they will charge you only for the labor and the chemicals as they do not make profits. The best time to take care of your noxious weeds is going to vary species to species. To get the best recommendation reach out to your Idaho Association of Weed Control Superintendent which every county in Idaho is required to have.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) tends to move away from herbicides as there is far too many acres. Bio control is a green alternative that takes longer to kill invasive species but can be effective over large areas of land and over time. It is a science based approach aimed to safely take out the noxious weeds and invasive species.