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Posted June 2, 2011

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Insect Study

Kitchener initiates study to determine spread of Emerald Ash Borer

KITCHENER – The City of Kitchener is initiating a study to determine the how far the Emerald Ash Borer has spread across the city from where it was initially detected last summer.

The city will place 30 fluorescent green insect traps high in city ash trees.

The traps, designed to attract adult EABs, are being placed in residential areas of the city that have a high density of ash trees and are to remain in place until August. They will then be removed to determine if the EAB is present in that area. A sign asking residents not to touch the trap will be placed on each tree.

This study follows another over the winter that took samples of branches of 70 trees. It found a single infected tree about three kilometres from the first confirmed location near Homer Watson Boulevard and the 401. While this result suggests that the EAB population is low, staff remain cautious since it is difficult to detect this pest the first few years after it enters a new territory.

“The traps we are putting up this summer will provide us with more information about where this pest is found,” said Dave Schmitt, the city’s environmental and urban forestry project manager. “With this information, we can better prepare the city to handle the EAB’s entry into our region.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the City of Kitchener’s efforts to protect the city from the EAB are asked to visit the city’s website www.kitchener.ca and search for “EAB.”

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