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Residents encouraged to help stop spread of destructive Emerald Ash Borer

Posted: May 2, 2018

 

Residents encouraged to help stop spread of

destructive Emerald Ash Borer

 

Residents should be aware that a destructive beetle has been discovered in the City of Winnipeg and as a precautionary measure, all Manitobans should help prevent the spread of the beetle.

According to Manitoba Sustainable Development, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been found in Winnipeg. The wood-boring beetle is a highly destructive forest pest.

Although the EAB poses no threat to human health, it is highly destructive to ash trees. It has already killed millions of ash trees in Ontario, Quebec and the United States, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency continues to work with federal, provincial, and municipal government partners to slow the spread of this pest.

The EAB attacks and kills all species of ash trees and is most commonly spread through the movement of firewood.

To prevent the spread of EAB, all Manitobans are encouraged to:

Not move firewood;

Burn firewood where it has been purchased;

Plant a variety of tree species to increase diversity;

Learn how to identify an ash tree, and

Learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of EAB.

More information is available at:

www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-pests-invasivespecies/

insects/emerald-ash-borer/eng/1337273882117/1337273975030

www.gov.mb.ca/stopthespread/fis/eab/index.html

www.winnipeg.ca/emeraldashborer