We were called by the owner of a stormwater retention pond located in Jacksonville North Carolina. The pond was infested with cattails and they were taking over, as you can see from the picture below.
If there is just a small area of cattails, that’s generally ok. However, cattails can be highly invasive so the keyword is “control”. If they get out of control, they can block the pond’s inlet and outlet structures as well as provide an attractive environment for mosquitoes. Speaking of mosquitoes, just this week, a horse in the Jacksonville / Richlands area was found to have been infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) from a mosquito bite. Because this virus can also infect humans, eliminating mosquito habitat is a key concern.
To control cattails, the root system has to be disrupted. Since we are licensed aquatic pesticide applicators, we treated this pond with environmentally friendly chemicals.
If your pond looks like this or you have a cattail population of concern, contact us and we will meet you on site to make an inspection for you.