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NZMS Sanitizing Update:
These Mudsnails are now in all 10 western states.
Many of us have been using the wrong Formula 409 product for killing New Zealand Mudsnails attached to our wading equipment.

“COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS FORMULA 409 CLEANER DEGREASER DISINFECTANT”

The above 409 product is the only one that was used in the California Department of Fish and Game field test report released in 2005. This product will not be found in grocery stores as it is a commercial product but it can be found in Home Depot and Lowe’s, Office Max and Office Depot. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has recently discontinued this product but it is still available in places. The only other product that has the same disinfectant in it is:

“Formula 409 All Purpose Cleaner Antibacterial Kitchen Lemon Fresh.” - Available in many places but in small bottle sizes only

Key words to look for = Disinfectant or Antibacterial

Please make sure you are using the correct products, as other 409 products are not killing the snails though they do aid in washing them off your equipment. Other Manufacturer’s products with disinfectants have not been test or failed test for either not killing the snails or for damaging wading equipment.

Water based solutions with Copper Sulfate and Sparquat 256 are two solutions proven to be more effective than formula 409 solutions; Availability of these products is some what limited.
see website below.

Ask your local tackle shop to start carrying some of these products. It is in their best interest to help maintain the quality of our fisheries.

For more information about known sources for all the products, pictures of the correct product, detailed sanitizing protocols, and New Zealand Mudsnail information see this web page.

http://www.westdenvertu.org/snails.htm

Always cleanse your wading gear before moving from one body of water to another body of water. No one will know a location is infested until long after the snails are well established.
 

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I recently read in a fishing magazine that the University of Cambridge made a pill that kills the Mudsnail, I wonder if the DOW is looking into this.
 

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ePiC said:
I recently read in a fishing magazine that the University of Cambridge made a pill that kills the Mudsnail, I wonder if the DOW is looking into this.
I googled it and could not locate anything.

I wonder if they take it orally?? Since the snails may be no bigger than a grain of sand I wonder how it is suppose to work.
 

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The Article wasnt very big let me see if I can find which magazine it was in.
 

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OK I was wrong it was zebra mussels.

CAMBRIDGE, England, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- British researchers have developed a "biobullet" that might help control an invasive mollusk that has ravaged U.S. waterways for nearly two decades.

The new microcapsules, which contain toxins that dissolve within a zebra mussel's digestive tract, offer a safe and cost-effective way of eliminating one of the world's "most important economic pests" without harming other aquatic life, according to zoologist David Aldridge and colleagues at the University of Cambridge.

The scientists developed microcapsules about the size of the algae particles on which zebra mussels feed. Once ingested, the "biobullets" slowly release small amounts of potassium chloride, a salt that is poisonous to most freshwater mollusks. The chemical poses little or no threat to other marine animals.

The research is detailed in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
 

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Epic,

The Zebra Mussel is like a clam.  We do not have any here in Colorado and I hope we never do.

The New Zealand Mud Snail is a snail and a lot smaller than the zebra Mussel - which is not that big either.

Interesting info. I had not heard there might be something to help with the zebra mussel.
 

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In this months North am. fisherman they talk about the UK coming up with a pill to kill the zebra Mussels in the great lakes.


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Dedbeet bluz said:
Epic,

The Zebra Mussel is like a clam. We do not have any here in Colorado and I hope we never do.

The New Zealand Mud Snail is a snail and a lot smaller than the zebra Mussel - which is not that big either.

Interesting info. I had not heard there might be something to help with the zebra mussel.
Yeah I know thats why I said I was wrong... I posted the information because it was still interesting.
 
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