The term “Invasive Species” is often misused but anyone residing in the UK should recognise that Japanese Knotweed poses a very real threat to our environment and our infrastructure.
Invasive species cost money and damage the environment. The impact on ecosystems is significant and remedial cost billions of pounds every year. Plant species that reproduce quickly and spread without abandon are more than inconvenient. Invasive plant species like Knotweed represent threats to plant and animal species native to the environment.
When a new invasive species is introduced to a new environment, it gets to work quickly. Knotweed is renowned for its reproductive capabilities and grows aggressively, taking over more and more space in a matter of days. Wildlife and natural plants are defenceless against this plant species.
The Risks of Knotweed and Invasive Species
The National Wildlife Federation describes the following risk of all invasive animal and plant species.
– Invasive species such as knotweed deprive other plants of the resources that they need to thrive.
– Invasive species can spread disease to native plants.
– Invasive species prevent native species from reproducing by dividing the plants.
– Knotweed is capable of replacing a diverse ecosystem with a monoculture of knotweed in a very short time.
– Knotweed also poses a very real possibility of altering the chemical composition of the soil in which other plants grow.
These are serious threats that must be eradicated as quickly as possible. Eradication of knotweed is a time consuming and laborious task that is best managed by professionals. If you see knotweed on your property or on any other property nearby, you must take action immediately.
Where is Knotweed Found
The threat of invasive species grows every year making control of these species a global concern as well as a local and national concern. Japanese Knotweed is causing havoc in the UK but many nations are fighting similar battles.
According to a study of 57 countries by the Global Invasive Species programme, 542 animal and plant species have reached non-native environs. As of 2013, New Zealand is the global leader in invasive species with 222 identified. Equatorial Guinea is the least invaded country on the globe with just nine invasive plant and animal species in the environment.
The list of invasive species from Global Invasive Species includes:
– 316 plants species
– 101 marine species
– 44 freshwater fish
– 43 mammals
– 23 birds
– 15 different amphibians
Invasive plants are describes as those that threaten native wildlife and that damage the natural habitat. All invasive species compete with the natural species for resources.
In the case of Japanese Knotweed, like other invasive species, the arrival of the species is usually the result of human activities. Travel, import and export are main contributors.
Some ornamental plants are especially capable of expanding. When these plants escape into the wild they become notoriously invasive, digging deep into the soil and multiplying ferociously. Anyone who has seen knotweed grow and spread knows how aggressive this particular species is.
Parts of the US are also under siege by Japanese Knotweed. Yet, despite recognition of the problems posed by this powerful non-natural predator, government has been slow to enact policy for eradication and control. The lack of legislation has placed the onus for control of Japanese Knotweed squarely on the private sector. The worst thing individuals can do for the environment is ignore this invasive threat, so get in touch with eradication and removal experts immediately.
For more information about our services for treating, eradicating, and removing Japanese Knotweed, get in touch with TP Knotweed today by calling 0800 389 1911 or by contacting us online.