There have been three more cases of Dutch Elm Disease discovered in Regina. And according to Russell Eirich, the Manager of Forestry, Horticulture and Pest Control, the total number of trees infected so far this year is nine.
“So we’ve had actually three more cases of Dutch Elm Disease in the city,” Eirich said. “That brings our total number of trees lost this year up to nine. These three trees are actually all in the same street. It was on Tremaine Avenue in the Walsh Acres area.”
Eirich says stopping the disease from coming into the city primarily now rests in the hands of residents.
“In a lot of cases, Dutch Elm Disease is arriving into the city through the elm firewood vector,” Eirich said. “Again, we’re asking residents to not bring in elm wood. And if you don’t know the type of firewood you are bringing in, don’t bring it in.”
Eirich says these trees were not far from other Dutch Elm Disease discoveries this year. He urges residents to check their trees weekly and if they are noticing anything changing in the elm trees, contact the city of Regina.
“Watch and look at your trees once a week, once every two weeks,” Eirich said. “See what’s changing on the trees. One of the things with Dutch Elm Disease, is because it’s so viral, the tree will change rapidly. It will look sick all of a sudden. The first thing a resident can do is watch.”