The Use of Insects to Manage Alligatorweed
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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The purpose of this manual is to help field personnel identify and assess alligatorweed problems and manage them with specialized insects that feed on the plant. This manual is intended as an instructional guide for understanding alligatorweed as a problem and methods available for managing the weed by using biological agents. Three insects are available for the management of alligatorweed alligatorweed flea beetle, alligatorweed thrips, and alligatorweed stem borer. Factors such as climate, flooding, and pesticide use must be considered when selecting the agent to be used. Instructions are given on determining the number of agents needed, how to obtain the insects, how to collect and pack insects for shipment, and how to release the insects and later check for population establishment.