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Licensed & Insured Aquatic Herbicide Weed Control #CM19510
Serving All of Central Florida
Proud To Be Eco-Friendly
PWC works closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and local agencies on all aquatic spray projects

Sep
25
2019

Waterfront cleanup is not a DIY job and here's why.

Central Florida is filled with gorgeous waterways and even has an appropriately named county, Lake County, named after all the lakes and rivers that are within its borders.Waterfront cleanup is not a DIY job.  If you are lucky enough to live in a waterfront home, you know that it is a magical place like no other. Our lakes are home to millions of different kinds of wildlife, some unique to this part of Florida.

While mowing your grass or trimming your shrubbery is something you do might yourself, waterfront cleanup is best left up to the professionals, and here's why:

Safety: Central Florida waterways are filled with alligators and snakes that would love to take a bite out of your ankle. At PWC we have the necessary safety gear to make sure we are protected from these dangerous creatures.

Proper equipment: It takes enormous and expensive machinery to clean up the bottom of the shoreline as well as tree trimming, and to make sure the area around the docks are clean for boats to move through.

Licensed and Insured: We are fully licensed by the state of Florida as a Professional Aquatic Herbicide Applicator. We also have all the proper permits and licenses to operate the machinery needed, and our workers are trained and insured. We are green company and make sure what we do does not harm the delicate balance of our waterways.

Aquatic Experts: PWC knows which plants are hurting your waterfront and which ones are choking off the fragile ecosystem. We know the exact way to prevent erosion and are fully trained in waterfront cleanup in every aspect.

Lastly, it is just WAY easier to sit back, relax, and watch a professional clean up your lakefront property than it is to try to do it yourself.

If you need your waterfront cleaned do not hesitate to contact Professional Waterfront Cleanup!

Jul
22
2019

These mosquitoes don’t bite.

They are swarming around your neighborhoods and do not bite; however, they are in a massive amount of numbers everywhere. Blind mosquitoes. Midges in Florida. Unlike mosquitoes, blind mosquito females don't bite nor do they carry diseases. These insects are called blind mosquitoes. You may find it surprising, though, that not only are they not blind, they aren't even mosquitoes, but are members of the fly family.

On more than one occasion you will find them swarming you, especially around your head at dusk or dawn. Your conversations may end up coming to a halt while trying to avoid ingesting one. Many people get irritated that the insects stain paint on their homes or cars. Individuals with allergies may find these bugs aggravate their condition.

These pests are attracted to lights during the night, so they can be found near windows and entrances to your home making them a real problem. But not only that they are attracted to light colors, so they will be located in higher concentrations in homes that are lighter in color. These bugs are just alive for three to five days before going to a water source to lay their eggs. The egg batter will sink to the bottom of the water and then hatch into larvae to feed on the organic matter at the bottom of the source of water.

Reduction of fertilizers and other organic debris that gets into ponds is the most effective way to control the blind mosquitoes. A no-treat buffer can be planted in the area between your lawn and the pond to reduce the instances of fertilizers and grass clippings going into surrounding water bodies. Another option is to use copper algaecides to control the food source at the bottom of the pond.

To help divert the bugs at night, you should be turning off your outside lights and closing your curtain or blinds. You can lay out live traps and try switching to a yellow light, which is less attractive to insects.

For more information on these insects, click here. As always, the crew at Professional Waterfront Cleanup is available to help you rid your waterfront of harmful insects, contact us for more information.

Apr
15
2019

What is Hydrilla?

Cleaning up waterfronts are more than just cutting the grass away and pulling up branches. What is Hydrilla? A lot of our job includes finding ways to remove invasive plants that cripple the fragile eco-system. One of the plants we seemed to be continually battling is Hydrilla.

Hydrilla is found in freshwater and can survive in less than ideal conditions. It is submerged with roots that grow to the bottom with long stems that branch out on the surface. On the surface, it forms clumps of thick mats with small white flowers.

It is a threat to waterways all over because the dense mats suffocate the plants and wildlife that live in these waters. Hydrilla changes the pH of the water while removing oxygen, preventing the growth of native plants. It blocks aquatic life from receiving vital nutrients. Also, it hinders water flow for irrigation and recreation.

Hydrilla is also the perfect breeding ground for deadly algae known as Aetokthonos hydrillicola. This alga is killing bald eagles and coots by releasing a neurotoxin that is deadly to these birds.

In the 1950s hydrilla was sold as aquarium plants Soon after people realized the plant was unsuitable and began dumping them into canals in Tampa Bay. By the 1970s Hydrilla was found in Maryland and can even be seen as far west as California and Washington State.

At Professional Waterfront Cleanup we have ways to clear hydrilla from waterways while protecting the fragile aquatic environment we cherish in our Central Florida Waterways. Contact us today for a free quote.

Sep
17
2018

Is aquatic herbicide spraying safe for my waterfront?

When you see someone in a personal protection equipment suit (PPE) you generally think what they are doing is dangerous. Is aquatic herbicide spraying safe for my waterfront? You may also wonder whether or not the product is a risk to your family and animals.

Aquatic herbicides are very highly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They are safe for animals and non-target plants when applied correctly by a licensed applicator per the product label.

Getting a product registered for aquatic use with the EPA is one of the most complicated processes. Aquatic herbicides are specially formulated to control or kill pond algae and certain aquatic plants. Most importantly, these products are prohibited from marine use if they pose more than a one in a million chance of causing significant damage to the environment, wildlife or human health. Companies that have managed to manufacture EPA-approved aquatic herbicides spend numerous years of research and millions of dollars formulating safe and effective products.

These products still must be applied only by a licensed applicator and following specific product labeling. When you see an aquatic herbicide applicator applying these products to your waterway, you can be sure that they receive constant training to maintain a working knowledge of every product they use and each product's proper handling techniques.

The PPE that they're wearing is for their safety from exposure to concentrated amounts of these aquatic herbicides, which elevates their time of exposure and level of hazard. Their exposure to these products is much higher than that of the average person. Wearing the proper safety equipment is essential to their safety, but is in no way an indication of the nature of the applied products.

So is aquatic herbicide spraying safe for my waterfront? Yes, it is safe to fish in the pond or lake and for your dog to swim in the water. There is no threat to people, pets, or wildlife in the long term when being sprayed by a professional. Some aquatic herbicide products do carry swimming and drinking water restrictions, and should always be used with this in mind. As professional applicators, we will always choose the correct product for each situation. We consider not only the results but also the use and enjoyment of the body of water as well as the needs of the communities that surround it.

If you are ready for a stunning waterfront view, contact the experts at Professional Waterfront Cleanup for a free quote.

Jul
30
2018

What makes PWC stand out above the rest?

Florida is known for many, many acres of beautiful land. Waterfront cleanup. What makes PWC stand out above the rest? A lot of this land has some waterfront properties, and when it comes to settling down, a home looks mighty nice with a lake view. But how does a homeowner keep their waterfront properties looking nice? That's where Professional Waterfront Cleanup, or PWC, comes in.

What keeps PWC a step above the rest is their commitment to specializing in the personalization of eliminating unsightly aquatic weeds from hijacking your lake view. Each client of PWC has their needs assessed, and solutions are made individually, unique to every issue.

Their primary goal is to keep your property looking serene and neat, providing customers with herbicide treatments that are specific to their needs. On top of eliminating the problem from the root (literally), PWC also cleans up the area; taking more than a little off the top to make sure each client knows the potential their waterfront property has.

No area is too big or too small for PWC to tackle! Residential areas aren't the only ones with waterfront weed issues, their services are requested by commercial businesses, golf courses, HOAs, marinas, public parks, government facilities, even retention ponds and storm drains! PWC's staff is fully trained to take on any issues surrounding various bodies of water as well, such as ponds, canals, basins, rivers, you name it.
Not only is the staff at PWC well versed in aquatic herbicide, but they also offer services in dock restoring and dredging. This eliminates the needs to hire more than one company for your waterfront needs, saving you time and money in the end.

Besides all these great qualities and benefits to hiring PWC, you also get peace in knowing that PWC works eco-friendly! Attention is paid in close detail to what goes into the herbicides and what the effects will be, as to keep everything in EPA guidelines. PWC also works closely with the FFW (Florida Fish & Wildlife) Conservation Committee, making sure to stay by the book and keep it efficient.

If your waterfront is starting to look like a swamp, it might be time to get ahold of PWC today!