• Boats should not be left in the water for extended periods of time. With regular use, engine heat should keep mussels from colonizing inside most engine parts.
• Always drain the bilge water, live wells and bait buckets.
• Inspect the boat and trailer immediately upon leaving the water.
• Scrape off any mussel found. DO NOT return them to the water.
• If possible, dry the boat and trailer for at least a week before entering another waterway. (If conditions are right, mussels can live for up to seven days on a boat hull outside the water.)
• Wash boat parts and accessories that contact the water using hot water (at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit), a ten percent solution of household chlorine bleach, or hot saltwater solution. Do not wash the boat at the ramp where these solutions could pollute the water. Always finish with a clean water rinse.
For more information on zebra mussels, or to report a possible sighting in GRDA waters, contact the GRDA Office of Ecosystems Management at (918) 782-3382, or visit the Office of Ecosystems Management page on www.grda.com.