What are noxious weeds?
"Noxious weed" is the traditional, legal term for invasive, non-native plants that are highly destructive, competitive and difficult to control or eliminate. Noxious weeds can include non-native grasses, flowering plants, shrubs, and trees. Noxious weeds can also include aquatic plants. Many noxious weeds started out as ornamental plants that eventually escaped the garden setting, others were accidentally introduced through human travel and trade.. Regardless of how they got to Washington State, all noxious weeds pose a serious threat to our economy, local ecosystems, and wildlife habitats. Some noxious weeds are poisonous to humans and livestock. They can reduce crop yields, destroy beneficial native habitat, damage recreational opportunities, clog waterways, and diminish land values.
Not sure if your weeds are noxious? Bring a sample specimen of the plant to our office for identification, or check out the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board weed search tool for a comprehensive search by habitat, color or name. If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to give us a call or email.