The bands you see wrapped around trees in Regina are about to come off. They were put there in the first place to try to stop the cankerworm population, which usually emerges in the spring.
Now, the city is asking residents to take down the bands – only to replace them again in the fall.
Russell Eirich, the Manager of Forestry, Pest Control and Horticulture for the City of Regina says the bands are no longer of any use.
“The bands themselves are no longer useful,” said Eirich. “And being we’re in the summer months, tree bands – if they do get any moisture underneath them – will actually harm the tree in the long term. So now is the time to take the bands off, for the health of the tree.”
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Eirich says there will be gentle reminder in the fall to replace the tree bands, in a bid to stop the cankerworm from flourishing again next spring.
“We’ll ask everybody in September to put bands back up so we can stop next year’s worms,” said Eirich. “But right now, the bands have finished the job they were meant to do.”
He says the city of Regina has managed to spray nearly 77-hundred trees in an attempt to battle the cankerworms. But there was one battle the city wasn’t entirely prepared for — and that was the wind.
“I think at 8:00 this morning, the winds were 30 km/hr gusting to 50,” said Eirich. “We can’t spray for those reasons. It really has for us, been frustrating in terms of battling the wind. This wind has really been throwing us off our stride.”
Eirich says the city has nearly met its own challenge of spraying 100-thousand trees, saying close to 77-hundred trees were treated this year for cankerworms.