The best defense against zebra mussels is heat and salt

Zebra mussels can live for a time of days out of the water.The larvae can survive in wet, cool places like your cooling system, trailer frame, bait wells and bilges, where they can easily be transported unknowingly by anything that retains moisture and has been in infested waters.  Larvae attache themselves to the inside of an engine (seacock, strainer, hoses) or any of the other spaces and develop into mussels in just three weeks.

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