With fall just around the corner, it’s time for Regina homeowners to do one thing which likely will prevent pest damage next spring.
It’s tree banding. And it’s not just limited to Elm trees now. Fruit trees and maple trees are also not immune to the egg-laying pest.
Russell Eirich, the city’s manager of forestry, pest control and horticulture says there’s a reason to start the banding process now.
“The reason we band the trees is to start catching the female canker worms which will starting to be emerging shortly for her egg-laying cycle,” Eirich said. “Now, if you want to avoid the canker worms next spring, you need to start to band the trees now.”
“There are two kinds of canker worms in the city,” Eirich said. “One is a fall cankerworm. One’s a spring cankerworm. And the bands will catch both. So, the fall cankerworm, the worms climb up the tree in the fall and lays their eggs in the tree crown. Spring cankerworm – same thing. It climbs up the tree in the spring, just after the point the snow melts and lays their eggs.”
Eirich says says there are certain trees homeowners can target.
“Elm trees, primarily,” Eirich said. “Fruit trees and Maple trees. Those are the ones we really want to go after.”
Eirich says if you do this step in the fall, the city will be able to get a better start on protecting the trees in the spring
He says the process to band trees is relatively simple and inexpensive. People can take a piece of fibre glass insulation and wrap it around a tree, cover that with a black garbage bag and then duct tape securely to the tree.
Watch this video to learn how to band your trees: