When you are at a lake, there are several pests that you have to watch out for. These might not be pests in the traditional sense, like bugs that pester crops, but they can jeopardize the health and safety of the lake. Here are three aquatic pests to watch out for.
Algae is almost always an unwelcome presence in a lake. It gives the whole area an unpleasant green tint and ruins your enjoyment of the environment. Algae is typically harmful because it blocks access to sunlight and can clog the gills of fish. Clear away algae where you see it, and if it exists on a large scale, contact people who can help with aquatic weed control.
Similar to crops mentioned earlier, some bugs, such as mosquitoes, are attracted to humans. However, mosquitoes are not annoying and occasionally lethal to humans, but they only serve a small purpose in many ecosystems. Always bring plenty of bug spray to the lake to keep all bugs, not just mosquitoes, away from you. You will enjoy yourself much more without having to deal with them.
Sometimes, the biggest pests at the lake are people. Some people are inconsiderate of the environment, and so they use the lake as a trash can. If you see litter in or around the lake that you can get to without much trouble, do your duty as a good samaritan and pick it up. It is important to keep our natural areas clean and safe for wildlife.
The next time you visit your lake of choice, be on the lookout for all of these pests. Not only will fixing them increase your enjoyment of your trip, but it will also have a positive impact on the environment as a whole with little effort on your part.