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Weevils Unleashed to Attack Weed

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Officials in northern New Jersey have unleashed weevils to devour a weed that’s been flourishing since Superstorm Sandy.

The tiny bugs only eat the mile-a-minute weed.

The weed, which thrives on sunshine and moist soil, has been spreading throughout Watchung Reservation since Sandy downed shade trees. The weed also gained strength from a wet summer.

Union County Parks and Community Renewal environmental specialist Betty Ann Kelly tells The Star-Ledger of Newark the reservation’s trails may need more than 2,000 weevils to keep the weed in check.

 

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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