Biocontrols. Fighting Fire with Fire

Mile-a-minute vine choking trees © Beatriz Moisset

Mile-a-minute vine choking trees
© Beatriz Moisset

What to do when an introduced species, be it a plant or insect, gets so out of control that eradication seems impossible? Many species are so entrenched that all efforts seem futile, from the most ecologically benign, such as physically removing the offenders, to the least desirable ones, the use of pesticides.

When other methods of control fail conservationists resort to biological controls or biocontrols: bringing another introduced species to control the one that has become a pest.

Mile-a-minute weevils on mile-a-minute vine © Beatriz Moisset

Mile-a-minute weevils on mile-a-minute vine
© Beatriz Moisset

© 2015, Beatriz Moisset. All rights reserved. This article is the property of Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens.

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