How to get the mile a minutr bugs

Asked September 5, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

Is there any place to purchase the mile a minute bug (Rhinoncomimus latipes) My property is full of the weeds. Please advise if they are available and if I can get them, also when should they be let loose. Curvin A. Bixler lll

Westmoreland County Pennsylvania

1 Response

Rhinoncomimus latipes has been reared since 2004 at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Phillip Alampi Beneficial Insect Rearing Laboratory, Trenton, NJ, and the laboratory expects to begin selling the weevils in 2011. Weevils can also be collected from mile-a-minute plants where a population has established, by shaking the plant terminals into a large funnel with the small end inserted into a container. The adult weevils can then be transported to another mile-a-minute patch, as long as it is within the same state (otherwise a permit from USDA-APHIS is required).

For more information contact: Tom Dorsey at (609) 530-4192