Controlling Leafy Spurge With Flea Beetles in Clay County
Clay County, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been involved in a program since 1989 in which flea beetles are being used to control leafy spurge in the county. Since 1999, over 6 million flea beetles have been collected and released in Clay County with impressive results. Leafy spurge has been eradicated from several hundred acres of land in Clay County through this program.
The photos to the right were taken of flea beetles that had been collected in the county, prior to their release.
The "before" and "after" pictures below show the excellent results of introducing the A. lacertosa flea beetle to an area bordering both Highland Grove and Eglon townships in Clay County, which was infested with leafy spurge.
Biological Control of Leafy Spurge, a comprehensive, easy-to-read manual on how to use biological control as an effective leafy spurge management tool can be downloaded from the TEAM Leafy Spurge website.