Another case of Dutch Elm Disease has been spotted in Regina.
It’s the city’s second so far this year, and according to the manager of forestry, pest control and horticulture, a resident spotted this case.
Russ Eirich says thanks to an aggressive program this year to combat the disease, more people are keeping an eye out for Dutch Elm Disease.
Eirich says Regina has stopped spraying trees for the elm bark beetle and are now focussing on using a new technique for protecting Elm trees.
Eirich says a root-injection method is being used next to an Elm tree which may have had the disease.
“Part of the reason is the Elm Bark Beetle population is so low,” Eirich said at a media scrum in Regina. “We still monitor for them. It just isn’t worthwhile for us to spray trees, in that sense, to stop the beetles from spreading the disease when they are at such a low level.”
He says the strategy is to protect the environment by spraying less and directly targetting the infection.
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