The Independence Day weekend means a lot of people will probably be hitting the water in their boats.
The mussels form dense, destructive colonies that encrust almost any underwater surface.
Mussel infestations can destroy fisheries, pollute shoreline and beaches, damage boats and equipment and they cost millions to control.
Officials said the mussels are so small they could be hitching a ride on your boat without you even knowing.
1. Clean all plants and mud from your boat trailer and equipment.
2. Drain water from bilges, ballasts, live wells and engines.
3. Allow your boat to completely dry before launching it in other waters.
To ensure you aren’t carrying the STD, the DNR has a list of “decontamination stations” to help you across the state.