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Winnipeg Starts Forest Tent Caterpillar, Elm Bark Beetle Control Program

May 11, 2016 2:37 PM | News


A Forest Tent Caterpillar. (WIKIPEDIA COMMONS)

The city of Winnipeg is launching two of its insect control programs, including forest tent caterpillars and elm bark beetles.

The Forest Tent Caterpillar Program will begin on Sunday, weather permitting and will focus on city boulevards, cemeteries and parks.

“Current surveillance information indicates that the forest tent caterpillar larvae are feeding on the leaves causing many small holes known as ‘shot hole’ damage,” said Ken Nawolsky, Winnipeg’s bug boss. “Winnipeggers can expect to see a significant amount of forest tent caterpillars this May and June based on surveillance information.”

The city will be spraying BTK, a biological, organic products to control the caterpillars.

The Elm Bark Beetle control program will begin Monday in Glenwood, Norwood East, Norwood West, Albine Place, Elm Park, Lavalee, St. George, Varennes and Worthington. Treatment will happen between 5:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Wednesdays until the fall.


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