When Dalmatian toadflax made its way into Douglas County, our landowners and operators fought back by releasing a very hungry beetle (M. janthiniformis) to attack this invasive plant. Between 2007 and 2019, you distributed 299,300 toadflax-eating beetles via the Foster Creek CD biocontrol program and helped keep this invader under control. Now that we have established a healthy population of beetles over the18 years of the program, Foster Creek will no longer offer beetles, but is switching to help producers monitor and move the beetles already present on their land. Here are two easy steps to follow if you want to get involved:
We are also seeking producers who want to trial Russian knapweed biocontrols over the next 5-10 years. Reach out to Foster Creek CD (firstname.lastname@example.org), Douglas County Cooperative Weed Management Area, or Dale Whaley from Washington State University (email@example.com) for technical assistance on these topics and for help with other noxious weeds you are battling.