What to Expect
Step 1: Request-A-Bug
Join the waitlist. Don’t delay! Submit your request as early as possible. Requests are fulfilled in order of date received and agent availability. Request-A-Bug
Step 2: Confirm Order & Pay
Insectary staff will contact you by email during the field season when agents are available and collect payment. View fees
Step 3: Fedex Shipment
Your order will arrive next day via FedEx after the payment is processed.
Step 4: Release
Time Sensitive! Be sure to release your live biocontrols ASAP or put them in the refrigerator. The biocontrol agents are ready to eat/attack your noxious weeds! Follow the release instructions provided in your shipment.
Step 5: Report & Return
Complete the data report sheet included with your order and return the sheet. You can help us continue to keep costs low and reduce waste by returning the cooler to the Insectary. Thank you!
Optional: Insectary staff can help you decide if you should place an additional order for the following year. All biocontrols should be established within a year and will overwinter in Colorado. Full effects typically take up to 3 years. Contact us.
Biological pest control agents are seasonally available to help suppress weed and insect pests in Colorado. They can be requested by private landowners in the State, or other government agencies concerned with controlling the spread of exotic invaders. Supplies can be limited and vary from one year to the next; thus, the Insectary cannot guarantee a release for each request submitted.
Please Do Not Send Payment Now. We will contact you to collect payment and coordinate shipping arrangements in season.
Private Land and Home Owners
|N/A||Canada Thistle (Not Available)||N/A|
|$30.00||Dalmatian Toadflax||May - June|
|$30.00||Diffuse Knapweed||July - Aug.|
|$35.00||Field Bindweed||June - Aug.|
|$30.00||Leafy Spurge||June - July|
|$30.00||Musk Thistle||June - July|
|$0.00||Russian Knapweed||April - May|
|$30.00||Spotted Knapweed||July - Aug.|
|$30.00||Yellow Toadflax||May - June|
Government & Institutional Customers ONLY
Contact the Insectary for more information about Subscription Service.
|$100.00||5,000 Tamarisk beetles. Includes vial of pheromone to concentrate beetles at the release site. (July)|
|$0.00||Peach wasp ("Mac").|
The Insectary works with federal and state institutions outside of Colorado. We do not work with private landowners outside of Colorado. If you are a private landowner, please contact your local state official.