The City of Regina is urging residents to band their trees in order to protect them from cankerworms
Russ Eirich, manager of forestry, pest control and horticulture at the City of Regina, says the number of worms has been low these past few years and it means people have to be a bit more assertive this year.
“We’re starting this year to see a rapid increase in the population,” said Eirich. “So we’re anticipating that the populations over the next couple of years will be higher than normal, which means we’ll have to be more active in trying to control them.”
Eirich says the last few years, the worm count was so low the city didn’t spray for cankerworms – hence the appeal this year for cooperation.
“The more the people get into their own yards to protect their fruit trees, their maple trees, their elm trees, that’ll certainly helps,” said Eirich. “And the more bands there are out there, that means the less we have to spray and the less pesticides we have to use.”
Eirich says he hopes to avoid spraying most areas in Regina this year as well, but says five of 80 areas in the city are seeing a rise in numbers of the worms.
The cankerworms can lay their eggs in trees and eventually kill them.
Eirich says most of the materials needed can be purchased at a hardware store.
He says the city of Regina has a monitoring program where the city itself bands 450 trees. He says this program is meant to determine where the city will have to spray.
Officials are asking people to band their trees this April, since that’s when female canker worms are showing up.