SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park resource managers are fighting fire with fire - rather they're fighting insect with insect. The park service plans to release two new predatory beetle species to help control the spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA).
Since 2002, they've been releasing predatory beetles, which feed only on adelgids, and hope that these two new beetles will help them keep the species under control.
While the HWA hailed from Washington, these two new predators are coming all the way from Osaka, Japan.
Eventually, park managers expect the beetles will reach a natural balance with the HWA populations, as they have in Washington, British Columbia, and Japan.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.