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Bindweed might look like a miniature version of morning glory, but it is a nuisance that seems like it can take over a garden almost overnight. It is very difficult to control once established in your landscape.

Colorado Department of Agriculture has categorized bindweed as a noxious weed. Luckily, the department offers a tool to help you fight it.

Request a bug

  • Through the “Request-A-Bug” program, homeowners may purchase a biological pest control to deal with bindweed in their veggie gardens and yards. The Insectary imports, rears, establishes and colonizes beneficial organisms to control specific plant and insect problems such as bindweed. There are other biocontrols available for Canada thistle, Russian knapweed, and other noxious weeds.
  • For bindweed, the control is a microscopic mite that preys on bindweed without disturbing other plants. Supplies are limited and vary year to year. Consequently, the Insectary may not be able to provide mites for every request per season. If you had bindweed last season, it’s best to get on their waitlist now.

How it works

  • When the mites are ready, you’ll be contacted for payment and confirm that you can receive the overnight shipment. The package includes pieces of bindweed with mites on them and instructions for how to release them.
  • The advantages of biological controls include lessening or eliminating the use of pesticides and the establishment of useful populations of predatory insects. As with other treatments, more than one control might be required.

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Source: in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Have You Heard of Tularemia?

tularemiaHome gardeners and landscape workers have all noticed the surging rabbit population this year. Whatever the cause, bunnies seem to be everywhere and the rodent-born infection know as tularemia is making news. 

Jefferson County Public Health recently reported a dead rabbit infected with the disease and this week, Larimer County confirmed a human case of tularemia. The cause was linked to gardening at home.

Admittedly, these instances may be rare and we hope they are. Nevertheless, in a season with so many rabbits hopping around our yards, the wise move is to be aware of a potential health threat and take precautions you feel are in order.

What are the risks?

  • The bacteria are often carried by small rodents such as rabbits, rats and beaver, but warm-blooded animals including pets and livestock, and humans are also susceptible to infection.
  • The infection is often spread through bites from infected insects such as ticks and deer flies.
  • The urine and droppings of infected animals can survive in soil for weeks and spread to humans through gardening activities or inhaling dust.
  • Touching an infected dead animal without proper protection can also lead to infection.


Symptoms may vary according to where on the body the person became infected. Fever, non-healing skin and swollen and painful lymph nodes are among them. Others include sore throat, mouth sores, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Inhaled bacteria may cause pneumonia and related symptoms.

Antibiotics are effective in treating the infection with best results when treated as soon as possible. Without treatment, hospitalization or death may result.


  • Avoid attracting rabbits and other rodents into your yard or patio by providing food and try to eliminate places where they can live or hide.
  • Avoid contact with all sick or dead animals and report them to the local health department.
  • Notice any changes in pet behavior and consult a veterinarian. To avoid infecting yourself, do not handle pets that are acting unusual without gloves and face protection.
  • When gardening or doing other outdoor activities, wear clothing that covers arms and legs. Jefferson County Public Health recommends applying insect repellent containing DEET to exposed skin and insect repellent containing permethrin to clothing.
  • If you become ill 3 to 5 days after an outdoor activity, see your doctor.

For more information on tularemia in your area and recommended precautions, consult your local health department’s website.

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