Cattails are supported by a rigid cellular framework that allows them to grow up to 20 feet tall and withstand both wind and gravity. This cellular framework is made of complex proteins, carbohydrates, fatty acids, and minerals. In early spring, carbohydrates stored in the rhizomes are converted to energy for shoot growth. In addition, Cattails have a well-developed aerenchyma that allows for gas to exchange aerobically from the leaves to the roots. Even standing dead cattails will support this gas exchange and contribute to new growth.
When cattails are green and in full bloom, excess carbohydrates are returned through the rhizomes to the root system for storage. Herbicide applications (glyphosate, imazapyr, imazamox) are used at this time until the first frost to get the most benefit of this translocation process. CattZilla works synergistically with the aquatic herbicide to speed penetration and enhance the degradation of the cattail’s dead cellular framework. When the supporting framework weakens, the dead cattails will fall and disrupt the gas exchange through the aerenchyma. After the cattails fall, Cattzilla promotes continued degradation of the stalks and rhizomes.
The CattZilla molecule
This image depicts the fatty acid that is one component of CattZilla: the water-soluble head (green) and oil soluble tail (orange). Each part responds to a separate substrate, allowing a more complete penetration.
* This product is not for use in the State of Michigan. In California, Oregon and Washington use Cattzilla California. Cattzilla California is used 1 day to 1 week after aquatic herbicide treatment. Rules for application must be followed in each state. Some states will not allow the use of this product and others have special permits. Call us, 888.757.9575 for more information.
NOTE: CattZilla DOES NOT kill aquatic plants or algae
When mixed with herbicide:
||24 – 32 ounces
||60 – 80 ounces
||3 – 6 gallons
||6 – 10 gallons
|1000 sq feet
||12 – 16 ounces
|2000 sq feet
||24 – 32 ounces
||2 – 3 gallons
||4 – 6 gallons
||8 – 12 gallons
*Mix directly with herbicide and follow herbicide rate and instructions.
**Do not mix directly with peroxide based algaecides.
SIZE: ~1 Acre
SUMMARY: A small stormwater pond was experiencing cattail infestations. The property owners in charge of the stormwater pond did not want to destroy the surround area by using traditional cattail removal methods.
SOLUTION: Integrate CattZilla into an herbicide treatment program to improve treatment efficiency and reduce the dead cattail biomass.
RESULTS: The treatment was successful and CattZilla reduced the cattail infestation, saved the surrounding property and money.
Full Aquatic Plus 2018 Case Study
SIZE: 1.5 Acres
SUMMARY: A Louisiana sugar refinery was experiencing a large stand of rapidly growing cattails.
SOLUTION: Glyphosate and Imazapyr with a surfactant were used to control the cattails. Catzilla was added at a standard rate to speed decomposition.
RESULTS: After three weeks the areas treated around the perimeter were devastated, with
full kill and lots of stalks breaking stalks falling over. The kill was not temporary and the effect was substantial reduction of the cattail coverage over the treatment area.
Full Louisiana Pond Management 2017 Case Study
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