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Early insecticide treatment best way to save ash trees from beetle, expert says

By Elizabeth Fraser
CBC News
June 13, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Trees that aren’t inoculated with pesticide will be as good as gone once an invasive beetle arrives in Fredericton, a Mississauga city official says. The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that has destroyed millions of ash trees in parts of North America, was detected in Edmundston last year. Jessica Wiley, manager of forestry for the City of Mississauga, spoke at a committee meeting in Fredericton on Thursday. She said officials in New Brunswick’s capital need to be ready for the tiny insect. “It really isn’t stoppable as long as there’s a viable food source,” she said. “You guys have beautiful ash trees, and I would highly recommend, if you want to preserve them, now is the time to get some sort of plan together.”  The emerald ash borer was identified in Mississauga in 2008, and the city’s plan to inoculate wasn’t approved until 2012.

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