Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Current cosponsors: Ed Case, David Scott
Endorsing Organizations: Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association
Please join us in cosponsoring the Spittlebug Act, a bill to address impacts from the spittlebug’s (Cercopoidea) voracious appetite for grasses, flowers, herbs, and garden plants.
The Spittlebug Act authorizes research and extension grants for the purposes of developing and disseminating science-based tools and treatments to combat the spittlebug. The legislation also establishes an areawide integrated pest management program in
areas affected by, or areas at risk of being affected by, the spittlebug.
Across the country, the spittlebug is ravishing forage and turf grasses on public and private lands. States most impacted includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland,
Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Jumping from grass blade to grass blade, the spittlebug pierces plant stems with their needlelike mouthparts and drink the plant juices. Frothy spittle mass is secreted while feeding on vegetations to protect themselves from parasitic and predaceous insects.
They are active in the cooler morning temperatures, hide near soil surfaces during the heat of the day, and flourish in moist and humid conditions. Depending on weather conditions, two or three generations of spittlebugs can be born annually.
According to entomologists, spittlebug infestations could expand rapidly damaging grasses and threatening economies dependent on pasture-based livestock and recreation. Further, asphyxiate dry grasses can serve as dangerous kindle for spreading wildfires.
To become a cosponsor of the Spittlebug Act or for more information, please contact Laakea Stone at Laakea.Stone@mail.house.gov with Congresswoman Gabbard or
Mitch Heidenreich at Mitch.Heidenreich@mail.house.gov with Congressman Case.
Tulsi Gabbard Ed Case
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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