Posts made in June 2018

Water Snakes (Nerodia) vs. Cottonmouths/Water Moccasins (Agkistrodon Piscivorus)

lake and pond managementlake and pond managementAt The Lake Doctors, we feel it is important to inform our clients about certain water snakes (Nerodia), a family of snakes that often get a bad reputation from a case of mistaken identity. Nerodia water snakes are often blamed for being a dangerous predator from the misunderstood species that gives them that persona, cottonmouths/water moccasins (Agkistrodon piscivorous).

Water snakes are commonly mistaken because they share the same habitats and do their best to imitate the cottonmouth. The difficulty in telling these two snakes apart is that both species of snakes come in a wide variety of colors ranging from dark browns, blacks, tans, and a wide variety of patterns. The water snake does its best to flatten out its head to look more threatening, so the head shape is also not a viable method of identification. When in doubt it’s always safer to leave them be instead of doing a closer inspection. Common water snakes are the Florida banded water snake which is non-venomous and the cottonmouth, also known as a water moccasin, which is extremely venomous.

Our lake and pond management company strive to stress the importance of being aware of snakes. It is important to leave them alone to enhance your safety while out on the water. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our aquatic management services.

Aquatic Plant Identification: Algae

pond algae identificationWhen it comes to your waterways, the specialists at The Lake Doctors strive to educate our clients on harmful, invasive species to help protect their lakes and ponds. There are many species of aquatic plants that can inhabit your lakes, and not all plants are considered harmful or undesirable. It’s important to know the different types of plants in order to identify them so our specialists can control or remove them promptly.

Algae are a common plant that resides in lakes and ponds that can be considered single-celled or multi-celled. Planktonic algae are composed of single cells or small colonies and are often found free-floating in the water column. This type of algae is often green, brown, and sometimes red. Filamentous algae are multicellular algae that have end-to-end cells that form long threads. Macrophytic algae are often much larger and multi-branched.

There are many different types of algae that are important to know and identify. Below we list some common species of algae.

  • Planktonic
  • Chara
  • Nitella
  • Filamentous
  • Lyngbya
  • Euglena

If you believe you have algae in your lakes and ponds, we encourage you to reach out to our aquatic specialists for our comprehensive pond algae identification services. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to schedule your free aquatic survey.

Dangerous Animals Found in Florida Lakes

lake managementThe Lake Doctors is proud to be your trusted source for all your lake management needs. Our custom aquatic solutions and regular maintenance plans are designed to help enhance the overall health and aesthetic of your lakes and ponds. While we serve clients throughout Florida, Ohio, and South Carolina, we want to educate our clients on animals that commonly inhabit freshwater lakes found in Florida.

When it comes to nature, animals are always going to come with the territory. While many animals are vital to the survival of the ecosystem, it is also important to be aware of certain species that can be harmful to humans. Below we feature dangerous animals that are common in our line of work. 

  • Alligators

Although most alligators are docile creatures and stray away from boats and humans, it is important to be aware of their existence to increase your safety while in and around freshwater.

  • Cottonmouths/Water Moccasins

Similarly to alligators, cottonmouth snakes tend to avoid human contact, unless otherwise startled or bothered. Water moccasins are venomous and harmful to humans, so it is important to be cautious of their presence.

As a company, we strive to educate and inform our clients to ensure safety. If you are interested in learning more about our water management services, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Why Choose The Lake Doctors, Inc.

lake managementAt The Lake Doctors, we strive to offer custom aquatic solutions and lake management plans to ensure the health and safety of your lakes and ponds. When it comes to choosing a water management company, it is important to select a business that cares not only about the well-being of your waterways, but the overall well-being of your cares and needs. Below we list a few of the many reasons why you should choose to work with The Lake Doctors, Inc.

  • Superior Customer Service

Our aquatic specialists value the importance of business relationships, which is why we work hard to understand your needs to offer you a customized solution. We build sustainable relationships with our clients to ensure their needs are met and exceeded.

  • Value Employees and Customers

Our dedication to our craft and customers starts with our employees. We train our employees to respect every customer with equality and compassion. Our business understands we could not be successful if it weren’t for our dedicated customers, which is why we always put our clients first.

  • Promotions

As a way to demonstrate our appreciation for our valued customers, we provide special deals and promotions.

If you are interested in learning more about our lake management services, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.