Western Colorado Insects

Biological Control

Bindweed Mites

Bindweed mites are established throughout Colorado. They feed only on field bindweed and are having significant impact in some areas.Read these articles for more information.
Managing Field Bindweed with the Bindweed Mite (pdf) Bindweed Mites (magnified)

Suppliers of Biological Control

Linda Mahaffey has developed an excellent listing of commercially available biological control organisms, cross referenced with suppliers. A must have document if you are in the market for biological control organisms.
Biological Control Organisms for Insects and Mites (pdf)  

Biological Control of Leafy Spurge

The Colorado Department of Agriculture Insectary at Palisade conducts a biological control of leafy spurge program using Apthona flea beetles. The program has had many stunning successes. This brochure gives an overview of the release program.
CDA Leafy Spurge Brochure (pdf) Patch of Leafy Spurge

Biological Control of Saltcedar (Tamarisk)

The Colorado Department of Agriculture Insectary at Palisade conducts a biological control of saltcedar program using an introduced leaf beetle, Diorhabda elongata. Initial CO releases were made in 2005, and the program shows great promise. This brochure gives an overview of the program.

CDA Saltcedar/Tamarisk (link)

CDA Saltcedar Fact Sheet (pdf)

Tamarisk

This page was updated on March 3, 2016