SDSU wants landowners to manage leafy spurge beetles
- Short distances: If beetles are will be moved only a short distance, they can be placed directly from the nets into a pillow case or large brown paper grocery bag. If the beetles will be moved within one hour, the pillow case/bag can be tied shut and placed in the shade until the beetles are released.
- Longer distances 1 hour or more: Place two or three blocks of blue ice into a cooler and cover the ice blocks with newspaper, this prevents the beetles from getting wet.
Spread the bug-filled pillow case/bag out on top of the newspaper so that the beetles are not piled on top of each other, and leave until released. Paper bags with seams taped shut can also be used. If storing beetles in the refrigerator remove the blue ice otherwise they will get too cold and die.