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How To Control Water Millfoilwater milfoil

If you have a pond or live lakeside, you know full well that aquatic weeds can be a sight for sore eyes, especially if you are trying to enjoy some recreation or relaxation in the water. One such threat to recreation activity is water millfoil. Water milfoil is an invasive species of aquatic weed and tends to be very aggressive wherever they are established. If you leave it alone for too long, it can quickly overtake the water and make for a very ugly sight which can put a damper on activities like fishing, swimming and water skiing.

Water Millfoil, also known as Eurasian Water Milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), is a submersed aquatic weed that originates from  Europe, Asia and northern Africa. They have a distinctive look with leaves whorled in groups of 4. Each water milfoil leaf is divided into many thread-like leaflets extending from a central rib. When on the waters surface, water milfoil forms tangled patches. Seed heads form in mid to late season and may extend above the water surface.

Not only is water a nuisance to us humans, they provide no value to wildlife who frequent lakes nor fishes underwater. Water milfoil is an opportunistic species and favors water conditions that have fertile, fine-textured, inorganic sediments. They also like to thrive in waters that receive nitrogen and phosphorous-laden runoff, like a farm or agricultural pond. Water milfoil tends to multiply in large numbers when water temperatures rise. If left untreated, they can end up dominating an entire lake or pond.

If you are encountering water milfoil on your body of water, we have a surefire way in getting rid of them. Solutions Pest and Lawn has all the tools you need to get rid of water milfoil and other pesky aquatic weeds.

Browse our water milfoil control products below. If you need any assistance when selecting the best herbicide for your pond or lake it may be helpful to refer to our online DIY guides at Solutionsstores.com or contact us directly via email, live chat or by phone.

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How To Get Rid Of Water Milfoil: 3 Step Solution

Water milfoil can be a frustrating challenge to remove from a lake, even for someone experienced in treating aquatic weeds. However, with the right educated approach and selecting the right products, you can eliminate large swaths of water milfoil with ease. We have to tell you that when conducting chemical control, it’s not just a matter of pumping chemicals into the lake or pond. That can be quite unsafe and irresponsible. Below you will find a simple three step solution where, if followed, can safely and conveniently eliminate water milfoil.

Step 1: All chemical control treatments should start with a thorough inspection and survey of the body of water. You have to take into consideration how fisherman use the lake/pond and homeowners use the lake or pond and also the size of the lake and the life that is swimming around in the lake. Asking yourself these questions will help you to determine what the best aquatic herbicide should be used for your particular situation.

Step 2: Once factors like plant and human considerations are figured out, you can than move on to selecting a treatment method to manage the growth. At Solutions Pest and Lawn we have a myriad of different aquatic herbicides and come in both liquid or granular forms. Liquid herbicides like are a great solution because they attack weed growth in shallow water on or above the ponds surface and can be spread evenly with a pump sprayer.

Granular herbicides are best utilized when weeds are submerged as blankets under the water surface, in deep areas of the pond or in ponds with flowing water. These heavier granules can be applied with a hand spreader and will sink directly onto the weed beds. What you select is up to you, we have some recommendations below.

Step 3: Apply the herbicide of your choosing to your pond or lake during ideal temperatures. Depending on the size of your pond, you may need to treat the pond in sections, waiting 2 weeks between treatments until you’ve treated the entire pond. There is a more
detailed guide on applying weeds in our Knowledge base.

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