Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Melissa, near Detroit Lakes - KMSP-TV

Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Melissa, near Detroit Lakes

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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Melissa, located southwest of Detroit Lakes. Friday morning, officials from the DNR, Pelican River Watershed District and Becker County will discuss the details of the discovery and their plan to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

June, July and August are the prime months for zebra mussel reproduction because the water temperatures tend to stay above the mid-50s.

WHAT ARE ZEBRA MUSSELS?

Zebra mussels are small, fingernail-sized animals – they are the only freshwater mussel that can attach to objects. Female zebra mussels can produce 100,000-500,000 eggs per year. Populations were first discovered in the Great Lakes in 1988.

WHY ARE THEY A THREAT?

Zebra mussels can:

- Clog lawn watering system intakes

- Attach to motors and clog cooling water areas

- Cause body cuts and scrapes

- Grow and multiply on swim rafts and ladders

- Cut fishing line, resulting in loss of tackle

- Reduce food for larval fish

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