These species are not native to our state and is very difficult to control once it becomes fully established. Milfoil reproduces through fragmentation whereby plant fragments break off from the parent plant through wind or boat action, grow roots, and settle in a new location. Milfoil spreads rapidly and displaces beneficial native plant life. It makes swimming difficult and can devalue waterfront property. Where this species grows in its native environment, insects and fish may feed on this plant at such a rate as to control its growth. Milfoil has no natural predators to keep its population in check. Under optimum temperature, light and nutrient conditions, milfoil may grow up to an inch per day. How Did Exotic Milfoil Become Established in This State? It was most likely a "stowaway" fragment attached to a boat or trailer that came to this region. Milfoil can live out of water for many hours if it remains moist.
News & Events AUG 13th
Starry Stonewort in Pleasant Lake
Starry Stonewort has now infested Pleasant Lake (Annandale, MN). See attached article from August 11, 2018,Read More Read ALL
Local News AUG 20th
Zebra mussels confirmed in East Silent Lake in Otter Tail County
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of a zebra mussel in East Silent Lake in Otter Tail County. A property owner contacted the DNR after finding a one-half inch zebra mussel attached to a native mussel near a dock i...Read More