Highly invasive zebra mussels and quagga mussels are a growing threat to our freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers. These tiny invaders adversely affect phytoplankton and zooplankton populations, kill native mussels, ruin fish spawning areas, damage structures and clog water supply pipes and facilities. Roughly the size of a fingernail, zebra mussels and quagga mussels will attach themselves to just about any solid surface including boat motors, docks, swim ladders, drinking water reservoir intake pipes and even native mussels. While research into prevention and eradication continues, there are some proven management strategies currently available.
Zebra and Quagga Mussel Facts
Zebra and Quagga Mussel Management Strategies
The invasive species management experts at SOLitude utilize an EPA-registered molluscicide for the prevention and control of zebra and quagga mussels. The product is rapidly dispersing and readily ingested by the quagga and zebra mussels, making it an excellent approach for controlling the spread and infestation of these devastating species. It has also shown to be effective at concentrations that are safe for most fish and other non-target organisms. The molluscicide also has the added benefit of helping control unwanted algae and cyanotoxins in lakes, ponds and drinking water reservoirs.
How You Can Help Prevent the Spread of Quagga and Zebra Mussels
Zebra and quagga mussels are easily spread by recreational boats, and there are a few important things that boaters, anglers and divers can do to help prevent the spread of invasive mussels and other harmful exotic species.
Most importantly, learn to identify zebra and quagga mussels and contact your aquatic management professional at the first sign of these tiny invaders.
In support of our belief that lakes and ponds are a precious natural resource requiring protection, SOLitude is committed to providing sustainable and renewable solutions that maintain ecological balance in the workplace and beyond.
When you partner with SOLitude, a dedicated field technician visits your lake or pond twice a month, leveraging extensive knowledge and training to carefully maintain ecological balance and preserve the appearance of your aquatic property.
Utilizing the latest GPS aquatic mapping technology and our own proprietary lake and pond management software, the experts at SOLitude collect all the data necessary to provide comprehensive analysis and in-depth solutions.