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Non Target Impact of Herbicides to Aquatic Plants During Weed ControlPosted 8.8.2016

There are many aquatic weeds including the most common algae, cattails, and duckweed species in Tampa lakes and other water bodies. The most popular method of aquatic weed control in Tampa is the application of herbicides.

Charles Aquatics, Inc. is one of the best aquatic weed control companies in Tampa. They follow three methods of aquatic weed control in Tampa – chemical control, biological control, and mechanical control.

Here we discuss some of the potential negative impact caused by herbicides to aquatic weeds.

Commonly Used Chemical Herbicides

Various brands of chemical herbicides are used by Charles Aquatics, Inc. for aquatic weed control in Tampa. Glyphosate with trade names such as Roundup Custom, Rodeo, 2,4-D with trade name Weedar, Diquat with trade name Reward and much more. Some of the newer herbicides for aquatic weed control in Tampa are Carfentrazone (Sting Ray) and Imazamox (Clearcast).

These are efficient in killing a wide range of aquatic weeds. But unfortunately, these chemical herbicides used for killing weeds may be harmful to the beneficial aquatic plant species if not applied cautiously.

Root Structure Damage

2, 4-D is another powerful herbicide used for aquatic weed control in Tampa. But, the chemicals in it have high mobility in soil. Due to this, the root structures of the aquatic plants that are non-targeted may be impacted.

The concentration of the 2,4-D is an important factor in determining how harmful it can be to the non-targeted aquatic plants. Experts at Charles Aquatics, Inc. know the right amount of 2,4-D to be used so that it does not kill the roots of aquatic plants but only controls the weeds.

Kills Native Plants

Fluridone is another systemic herbicide for aquatic weed control in Tampa. It is mainly used to prevent excessive growth of underwater weeds.

The process of applying Fluridone involves maintaining a constant level of concentration in the water. If the water level increases, Fluridone has the power to impact the native plants. Chemical herbicides may be faster and efficient in killing the weeds, but they also may have a negative impact to the beneficial aquatic plants. You can rely on experts like Charles Aquatics, Inc. for aquatic weed control in Tampa to protect the other native flora and fauna in the water.