Farming: Insects used to kill pest plants

An image taken in May this year shows the result of the cochineal in controlling boxing glove cactus.

An image taken in May this year shows the result of the cochineal in controlling boxing glove cactus.

NEARLY two years after a new biotype of cochineal insect was released to control boxing glove cactus, positive results are now being seen by Western Local Land Services staff. 

In October 2016, the new cochineal biotype was released at a site near Tibooburra onto about 30 individual plants within the core infestation of boxing glove cactus.

A site inspection six months later showed positive signs that a population of cochineal had begun to establish, with individual plants displaying evidence of infestation. 

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