Regina residents are being advised to start banding their trees to protect them from cankerworms.
Tree banding prevents the cankerworms from moving up the tree, and also allows City of Regina crews to see what other insect species are climbing up the trees.
Ray Morgan from the City of Regina says cankerworms are quite destructive creatures.
“What the cankerworms do is they chew the foliage, they eat the foliage, and they can strip an elm tree quite clean of it’s foliage, so it helps us prevent any damage to any trees,” Morgan says. “Will it kill the tree the first year? No, but over repeated times it can have an impact.”
Banding uses relatively simple materials, costing about $10 per tree band.
Morgan says tree banding has many benefits.
“It also helps us identify insects that are coming onto the tree, and it also helps us to monitor the insect population for the next coming spring.”
The City is also advising residents that the tree pruning ban is now in place until August 31st in order to preserve trees from Dutch Elm disease.