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Tree-Savers™ Reports Successful Launch of Private St Beetle Lab; 100,000 Predator Beetles Now Available to Fight HWA Infestation
Date:2/5/2013

Greentown, PA (PRWEB) February 05, 2013

Tree-Savers™ is reporting record numbers of St Beetles successfully raised and ready for distribution to the public in the fight against HWA. According to Jayme Longo, “we’re on schedule to produce 100,000+ adult St Beetles for commercial distribution this first season.”

This is encouraging news in the fight against HWA infestation of eastern and Carolina hemlock forests. Though rigorous scientific research has proven the St Beetle to be a highly effective biological control of the invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, the problem to date has been the unavailability of the predator beetle for massive deployment. Tree-Savers new biological control laboratory which produces the beetle for commercial distribution is changing that. The success of their first breeding season and the availability of 100,000 beetles mean that forest service managers and private land owners now have new capability to stop and reverse HWA infestation. “It’s not too late to save these majestic trees” says Longo.

About the St Beetle
The St Beetle is highly effective at stopping and reversing the spread of HWA because the voracious predator beetle only feeds on HWA and its life-cycle is synchronized with the life-cycle of HWA. The greater the HWA infestation, the faster the St Beetle reproduces. The reason HWA has spread so rapidly across eastern hemlock forests is that when the invasive HWA was introduced from Japan the St Beetle – its natural predator – did not come with it. Therefore, HWA has been able to consume entire
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