Beetle ManiaJanay Rickwalder
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Everywhere you look, there are news reports about mosquitoes,
and other widespread bugs of summer, but in select regions of the
U.S., there are beetles, both good and bad, stealing the
Residents in the Southwest are cheering at the arrival of the
saltcedar leaf beetle in El Paso, Texas. According to the
Southwest Farm Press, the beetles were released in western
Texas to combat the spread of the invasive saltcedar plant. A
representative from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
stated that the beetles are not harmful to humans and only have an
interest in eating saltcedar leaves.
Another invasive species, the emerald ash borer, is continuing
spread throughout the country. These pests can decimate an
entire state’s ash tree population and are difficult to control.
Efforts to stop their movement from state to state include wood
quarantines and the release of a
Chinese wasp known to kill emerald ash borer larvae.