Tiny snout beetle to the rescue! (USDA/ARS Information staff)

But the U.S. Agricultural Research Service thinks it now has a solution — let loose the beetles.

Their idea is to let mass swarms of hungry “bio-control agents” like the melaleuca snout beetle gobble up the leaves of the invasive plants, according to the Miami Herald. The federal scientists will rear tens of thousands of the snout beetles and other useful insects over the next few years.

The lab has already released dozens of other bugs, including a moth with an insatiable appetite for the invasive climbing fern. Unfortunately, that bug had trouble surviving the cold.

The scientists have higher hopes for the snout beetle and its ability to gobble up the leaves of the disastrous melaleuca trees (pictured below).

A stand of melaleuca trees in the middle of the Everglades. The trees, introduced as fast growing many years ago, have become a disaster for the delicate Everglades eco-system. (Doug DeVries, Everglades National Park)