Bundaberg Regional Council will hold a biocontrol field day for landholders looking for info on pest management and interested in acquiring biocontrol agents for release on their properties.
Using insects to control invasive weeds can be a cost effective tool and a useful addition to existing and traditional weed control methods, and so Council have established a facility to breed to leave mining jewel beetle (Hylaeogena jureceki) which lays its on the leaves of Cats Claw Creeper vines which are then quickly eaten by hatching larvae. Another biocontrol agent, a weevil (Crytobagous salviniae) will be on display at the field day, which is used in the control of the water weed Salvinia.
For more info contact council’s land protection officer on 1300 883 699.
(Extract from Rural Weekly)
P.S. – Biocontrol agents for Cats Claw Creeper are also being bred in Monto for landholders in the inland Burnett to access and release onto their own property. Get in touch with the North Burnett Landcare office on the corner of Edison and Kelvin Streets in Monto.