Brazilian Water Milfoil: A New Threat to Wisconsin Waters

August 27, 2013

 

While acquiring exotic plants is a pleasing pursuit, when these plants leave a contained area and enter into the wild, big problems can arise.  In this case the plant newly causing troubles in the the state of Wisconsin is Brazilian Water Milfoil also referred to as Parrotfeather. More...

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Phragmites Removal Will Diversify Your Shoreline and the Ecosystem

August 15, 2013

There has been considerable debate about whether Phragmites are native to North America or if they should be considered an invasive species.  Until recently they were thought to be a non-native invasive species.  Regardless of their classification, experts agree that the dense mats these emergent plants form provide little to no value to wildlife and can reduce an area’s diversity of both plants and wildlife species if they become dominant.  Their conclusion is that Phragmites removal is recommended to ensure an area’s diversity of native plant and wildlife. More...

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How to Get Rid of Cattails in a Pond or Lake

August 9, 2013

 

You may have noticed that toward the end of the summer the cattails you’ve been ignoring are reaching maturity and taking over your lake or pond.  Perhaps your attempt to cut them back earlier in the year has backfired and now you’ve actually got more of them than if you had just left them alone.  Either way, we at Lake Restoration are here to tell you how to get rid of cattails in your pond or lake. More...

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Killing Floating Pond Weeds; A Step Towards A Healthy Pond

August 7, 2013

Improving the health of your pond or lake can often be a multi-step process.  If your goal is killing floating pond weeds you might have to look a little deeper into your pond’s overall health.  Simply removing weeds like duckweed, watermeal, water hyacinth or water lettuce is just one part of the process. More...

Scratch-Splash-Scratch … Got an Itch? It could be “Swimmer’s Itch”

August 6, 2013

As the summer temperature heats up, who doesn’t want to take a dip in the lake and cool off?  Swimmer’s itch is an itchy rash caused by certain parasites that normally live in freshwater snails and sometimes can even be found on waterfowl.  While you are swimming, these parasites might burrow into your skin, causing the swimmer’s itch rash.  These parasites soon die as humans are not suitable hosts for them.

The cause of swimmer’s itch is your body’s allergic reaction to parasites that migrate from snails to other types of waterfowl.  Swimmer’s itch isn’t contagious from person to person and not everyone is sensitive to swimmer’s itch.  Some people show no symptoms even though they would be swimming in the same location as others who break out with a red rash.  Children are at the highest risk, because they normally splash around in the shallow water.  If swimmer’s itch is known to be present, swim off shore if possible.  Also, avoid swimming when winds are carrying the organism to the beach. 

If swimmer’s itch is a problem at your lake, it is important to rinse and towel off immediately after getting out of the water.  This will help reduce the odds that you will get it after you get out of the water.  If you did get swimmer’s itch while you were in the water, the rash typically clears up within a few days.  While the itching can be unpleasant, it usually doesn’t require you to get medical attention.

We recommend using a copper sulfate to kill the snails that are in the water.  The copper sulfate will only kill the snails that are present during the time of application.  Keep in mind that other snails may move into the area after this time and so a second application of copper sulfate might be necessary.  Copper sulfate is toxic to snails, but safe for swimmers.  It is an EPA approved algaecide.

We also recommend keeping waterfowl away from your dock and swimming area.  The use of our Goose D-Fence® system will help keep unwanted geese off of your property.  The Goose D-Fence system is a retractable fence that has easy installation or removal.  Geese require easy access to food and a drink of water every 30 minutes.  Goose D-Fence® can eliminate that access and the geese will move on to other sites that better suit them.

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