Field days slated to collect spurge-eating insects

BISMARCK – Field days have been scheduled at three North Dakota sites to collect and redistribute flea beetles that eat leafy spurge.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said persons interested in acquiring the flea beetles to release on their own property can collect them from established populations at the field day sites.

“Leafy spurge remains one of North Dakota's worst noxious weeds,” Goehring said. “Using the flea beetles for biological control, as part of an integrated pest management plan, has proved to be an effective tool in combatting leafy spurge infestations.”

The field days are scheduled as follows:

    • 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 2 – Stutsman Co. – 1508 4th St. NW, Jamestown.
    • 10 a.m. (MT), Monday, July 7 – Grant Co. – Lake Tschida Boy Scout Camp.
    • 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 9 – Benson Co. – Half-mile east of the Pleasant Lake Rest Area along ND Highway 2, approximately four miles west of Knox or 11 miles east of Rugby.

All attendees are asked to help collect and all beetles collected are distributed evenly.

Attendees should bring a cooler with ice packs to transport the flea beetles, and are asked to bring sweep nets if they have them.

More information and specific directions to field day sites are available from Lane Kozel at (701) 328-2250.

The field days are sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands and the Stutsman and Grant County weed boards.