Preventing Their Spread

Boaters and anglers can prevent the spread of zebra mussels to new Kansas waters by carefully checking their boats and trailers. Any water in the bilges or live wells should be drained before leaving the lake. Mud attached to anchors or ropes should be removed, as should any vegetation on boats or trailers. Water users should dry any equipment that has touched the water for 5 days or clean it thoroughly with hot water (~140 degrees F). If hot water is not available, a 10% bleach solution can be used to kill any zebra mussels present but special precautions must be taken to properly disposed of the bleach. Bait should not be transported from one lake or stream to another. Instead, unused bait should be poured onto dry land. Never release bait into a lake. Hunters and wading anglers should clean their boots after leaving an infected lake. REMEMBER: it is against both state and federal law to release zebra mussels. Make sure you do not have zebra mussels or water from zebra mussel infested water with your equipment.