EU Wipes Out Unwanted Guests

Campus Change Report
The EU has listed 12 000 non-native species that they believe should be wiped out. Why do we need to get rid of them and how?

Some of them arrive on boats. Some of them fly. A few travel under shoes. Some of them have been invited and have stayed for good.

In the end, it doesn't really matter how non-native species such as the North American beaver, Impatiens Glandulifera (a large annual plant native to the Himalayas) or the Spanish slug have crossed borders. In the EU's region there are on average 12 000 non-native species. The new “non-native species regulation” of the European Union has gathered a list of the most harmful species to be erradicated. When a species makes it to the EU's list various tricks and techniques to remove it are immediately employed.

Non-native species are threatening the area's original species, finances and even human health. For example, a species of mosquito that has spread to Europe carries yellow fever and chikunguya fever in addition to over twenty other diseases, and giant cow parsley can even cause blindness. Researchers are now concentrating on removing the uninvited guests as productively as possible. Hunting, capturing, sterilisation, poisoning and weeding are some of the tricks used get rid of these non-native species.

“Wiping out the non-native species” sounds radical. Isn’t nature supposed to change? According to researchers, nature has to be able to change in its own pace.

Biologist Mia Vehkaoja says that whether or not eradication is necessary ought to be determined case by case. “The ecosystem can benefit a lot from some non-native species”.

Most of the uninvited guests are harmful though, and we can all help stopping the spread of these species without using guns. “Weeding is the most effective way of preventing the spread of non-native plants”, Vehkaoja advises. “You should choose original species such as bluebottle for your garden instead of non-native species.”

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