Later this month, a motion directing staff to bring forward a plan for aerial spraying in 2022 will be voted on at Council.
At a recent City Council meeting, I raised the concerning increase of gypsy moths in our rural Flamborough and Hamilton areas. As a resident of rural Flamborough I can attest to the infestation of caterpillars in our trees. The hairs of the Gypsy Moth contain histamine which some people are allergic to. Not everyone will have a reaction if coming in contact with the caterpillar, but if you are experiencing any sort of rash or hive reaction, please contact your family care physician for medical advice.
This year, staff are ground spraying trees on public lands using a natural herbicide Bacillus thuringiensis ‘kurstaki’ (BTK). In particular around Freelton and other areas, as well as doing egg mass removal, scraping, burlap banding for city trees and some parks.What can you do if your trees are infested, to help manage Gypsy Moth larvae?
- Burlap Banding: wrapping burlap cloth around tree to create trap
- Homemade or purchased Gypsy moth trap
- Egg Mass Removal from August to following spring: Scraping egg masses off surfaces to remove and destroy
- Applying/Spraying BTK pesticide to foliage when caterpillars just begin feeding (starts around mid May)
*** It is not recommended using duct tape as Bees, Birds and other good pollinators could be trapped/injured.
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