Great Lakes Phragmites Control

GLPC

"Invasive Aquatic Species Management, Control, & Eradication"

The 1st Step in Invasive Weed Prevention is Identification

  • Restore the Natural Beauty of your Pond or Lakefront Property
  • Improve Your Swimming Area
  • Increase Areas for Recreational Use
  • Restore Access Around Docks & Beaches
  • Promote Natural Control of Mosquitos & Reduce the Spread of Infectious Disease
  • Improve Shoreline Access

Aquatic Restoration 

  • Natural Bacteria & Muck Reduction
  • Beach Sand & Shoreline Shaping
  • Emergent & Floating Weed Removal
  • Aquatic Weed Mapping and Diagnostics
  • Swimming and Recreation access
  • Fish & Wildlife Introduction
  • Ecology & Storm Water Assessments 
  • Algae Removal & Natural Landscaping

​Great Lakes Phragmites Control

GLPC

  • Storage & Maintenance
  • Sales & Installations
  • Lighting Kits
  • Diagnostics & Site Evaluations

Phragmites Management, Control, & Eradication programs will result in a significant reduction of Phragmites, but this requires a commitment to long-term integrated pest management strategies & regular environmental monitoring in order to restore natural ecology to the site. 

The Problem with Phragmites & Why its a Threat to the Great Lakes Region

Once Phragmites Invades, it chokes out native plants displacing desirable native vegetation and disrupts the natural reproduction of plant diversity. Wildlife habitat is reduced due to this reduction of habitat diversity. Tall, dense Phragmites stands reduce property values & restrict the use of shoreline amenities and recreation; Reducing access to fishing, swimming, & hunting. In the dormant season, Phragmites also increases the risk of potential fire hazard due to dense dry stands.


Plant Description and How it Relates to Mosquito Control

Phragmites is a perennial that grows in dense strands & is long living. In the growing season, Phragmites has a distinctive purple-brown-silver plume that begins appearing by July. Plants can reach upwards of 18 feet it height; however, majority of the plant is below ground contained in a dense mass of roots & rhizomes. These dense stands limit access and create environments that promote the reproduction of Mosquitos by reducing natural control methods. Eradicating dense Phragmites stands allows access for pesticide control as well as promotes natural control such as the introduction of fish & wildlife to previous inaccessible habitat. 


Phragmites & Mosquito Control Methods

Few techniques are fully effective when used alone, reinvasion will likely occur if management strategies are not maintained. Each method used at a particular site to control Mosquitos or invasive Phragmites will depend upon existing conditions and the property owners management goals. Effective control will likely require multiple treatments using a combination of herbicide and/or pesticide treatment, mechanical removal, & cultural control consisting of natural landscape restoration & reintroduction of wildlife habitat diversity.


The Importance of Right-of-Way, Floating, & Emergent Weed Control

Although we specialize is the management, control, & eradication of Phragmites; we also work to control other invasive weeds. An invasive aquatic or ROW weed is a nonindigeonous or introduced plant that has adapted or invaded local ecosystems beyond their historic natural range. Presence of invasive plants harms native habitats & ecosystems by disrupting commercial, agricultural, & recreational activities dependent on Natural Landscapes.