I heard it again this morning. The ad says that lake weeds are a horrible curse, and should all be killed. Then, the ad promotes Aquacide's products.
Never, not once, in the ad does it say that there are strict regulations regarding lake weed control. Never does it say that DNR permits are required for all chemical products used for lake weed control.
We already have enough problem with lakeshore owners destroying massive quantities of lake vegetation without misleading ads encouraging more of it.
And this, from a company based in White Bear Lake.
MineralMan, I've never heard of this one yet. Duh do you suppose our government is letting this happen.Nothing surprises me anymore about the crap I read. Good find MineralMan. Thanks for the heads up! MFP's will NOT like this at all.
I think I've heard the commerical once or twice. Honestly I pretty much tune out commercials so i didn't pay much attention but it doesn't surprise me that they are not mentioning the regulations that go along with using their products. I doubt they are legally obligated to mention it but it's not the most ethical approach.
Personally I understand why people want to reduce weeds around their docks but if it was my dock I can tell you that I would never dump chemicals into the lake to fix the problem. I would either not purchase the property in the first place knowing the shoreline is very weedy or I'd learn to live with it. There are also mechanical rollers that you can attachd the the footing of your docks that essentially moves in an arc around the end of the dock to prevent weed growth in a small circle right at the end of the dock. It sure is a better option then chemicals.
In todays world we are too quick to dump chemicals on a problem. It happens with lawn care/weed prevention and even with percription drugs. If your leg falls a sleep there is now a drug that will cure that.
Hopefully these commercials are not prompting people to buy the product without first looking at the regulations associated with its use. Sure could mess up a lot of lakes.
Actually, I think the ads are deliberately aimed at getting people to buy and use the products without getting the proper permits or finding out what the regulations are. Their website barely mentions regulations.
Sales will be lower if people find out that they need a permit and have to pay a fee to use chemical herbicides on aquatic vegetation. A lot of people won't bother to do their weeds extensively if they have to get a permit and pay a fee.
So, you go and buy a box of their pellets and scatter them all over the area in front of your lake home. No permit. No fee. And most of the time you'll get away with it, since the DNR doesn't have the funds to go find lakeshore owners who are breaking the law. They can barely enforce the fishing and hunting regulations.
Those plants around your dock are aquatic habitat. It is were fish spawn, live and flourish. Weeds are what are in your lawn. Or what came in baggies when you were in college. The weed roller is one of the most destructive habitat devices out there. They are commonly found in the last remaining areas of lakes that still have has some vegetation
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