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More than 30 States Find Invasive Zebra Mussels in Aquarium Moss Balls
Pet stores in more than 30 states across the country have been selling aquarium moss balls infested with invasive zebra mussels. The aquarium moss balls are plants that are imported from Ukraine, according to the USGS, which is within the native habitat for zebra mussels. Still, live zebra mussels are illegal to own, sell and distribute in the U.S.

These fingernail-sized mussels are regarded as one of the most destructive invasive species in North America, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Originating from Eurasia, they have wreaked havoc on the Great Lakes in the last two decades by messing with the aquatic food chain and clogging pipes.

The corporate stores have begun to pull and quarantine their moss ball stocks, according to the USGS. About 30% of the inventories have been infested.

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