Quagga Mussels

Scientific Name: Dreissena Rostriformis Bugensis

Identifying Charactheristics

  • Quagga Mussels are on average 2-3cm long
  • Quagga Mussels are rounder in shape compared to their counter parts
  • Quagga Mussels do not sit flat
  • Quagga Mussels have a very pale color near their hinge

Last Seen

  • Quagga Mussels are native to the Black Sea in the region of Eurasia
  • Quagga Mussels can be located in the Southern Great Lakes of Canada(Lake Erie, Huron, Ontario and Michigan
  • Quagga Mussels can also be found in the St. Lawrence river and North Quebec City

First Offence

  • Quagga Mussels are believed to be introduced to Canada and certain parts of eastern USA in the 1980s
  • Quagga Mussels are believed to be brought over to Canada by transoceanic ships believed to have been carrying veligers,juveniles and or adult mussels

Known Accomplices

  • Nobody knows for sure how Quagga Mussels came about in Canadian water but it is believed Quagga Mussels were brought over by transoceanic ship in the 1980s

Crimes Committed

  • Quagga Mussels are able to Colonize at a very rapid pace in hard or soft surfaces, for example; boats, brick walls, beaches at docks etc...
  • Quagga Mussels are capable of clogging intake stations and water treatment plants
  • Quagga Mussels have an negative impacts on fishes and wildlife this is due to the fact that Quagga Mussels increase toxic algal blooms
  • Quagga Mussels are able to disrupt recreational activities for example by cutting swimmer's feet
  • Quagga Mussels filter water to a point where the water becomes much more clearer thus, allowing the growth of aquatic vegetation to increase much more
Keeping Quagga Mussels Out of Northwest Rivers and Lakes

Attempts at Capture and Some Step You Can Follow to Prevent Quagga Mussels

  • Rinse all of your recreational equipment after each use with 200 PSI hot water at (50 degrees Celsius to 122 degrees Fahrenheit
  • You must inspect your boat, trailer, equipment and all recreational equipment after every single use
  • Remove all plants and animals from the recreational equipment before you move your boat into the water
  • Remove water from wells, bilge and transform wells when on land


  • Improves overall water quality in lakes, rivers etc... by allowing less light to penetrate the water
  • Allows fish and other aquatic species to have more food at their disposal
  • Allows human to have a much easier time during recreational activities in water
  • Allows fish and other under water creatures to have an overall much easier time surviving

Contact Us At 1-800-563-7711