Board Approves Additional Midge Fly Treatments

During early and mid-summer of this year, the Lakeshore and Beach Club experienced a significant increase in aquatic midge fly activity. Following the initial round of aquatic midge fly treatments (approved on August 22, 2018), a drastic reduction in the aquatic midge fly population was observed and lasted for approximately three weeks. After this period, the aquatic midge flies began to reproduce again in large numbers. Large pockets of flies have been observed around the Lakeshore and Beach Club since then, negatively affecting visitors’ Lakeside experiences.

The Board of Directors approved three additional aquatic midge fly treatments at the September 25, 2018 Board Meeting. These treatments will implement the use of Strike, a growth inhibitor compound that aims to arrest midge fly larvae growth. If an aquatic midge fly larva cannot mature, it cannot develop wings to emerge from the water and reproduce. This means that within a few weeks, the numbers of aquatic midge flies spotted around the Lake will be significantly reduced. While the compound does not eradicate the winged adult aquatic midge flies, the adult lifespan only lasts for approximately ten days. The treatment does not pose a threat to fish, turtles, crawfish, or other aquatic life.

The first round of treatment took place on September 28th, and will last for a period of approximately two to three weeks. The second treatment will take place 14-21 days following the first treatment and the third treatment will take place 14-21 days following the second treatment. It is anticipated that these proactive treatments will assist in mitigating the population for the duration of the aquatic midge fly season which is projected to end mid to late November.