Cankerworm 2

Cankerworm Damage and Protection

Please support the spraying of Btk in the Mineola area in order to protect our trees

Cankerworm 1

It’s hard being a tree in Mississauga –dealing with developers clear cutting lots, emerald ash borers, pollution, climate change, and now gypsy moths and cankerworms.  These pests have eaten much of the leaf canopy in Ward 1 this spring, putting our mature trees under significant stress.  The City of Mississauga is monitoring populations of the gypsy moths and cankerworms to decide whether aerial spraying of Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki (Btk) will be required in the spring of 2018, similar to the spraying conducted in 2007.  Btk, is a natural bacterium that is safe for people and pets.   You can help reduce the menace by:

1) placing bands with Tanglefoot (or duct tape) on neighbourhood trees (especially oak, maple, cherry, apple, and crabapple) now which should remain until the first large snow fall, and

2) contact the City by phone at 3-1-1, and/or

3) e-mail counselor Tovey and along with your name and address in the body of the email supporting spraying Btk.

Thank you