Emerald ash borer in Pointe Claire

Anthony Abbondanza
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City intervenes quickly to remove infested trees on Hymus Boulevard

This ash tree, found on a Hymus Boulevard private property, was infected by the emerald ash borer.

Two ash trees on a private property in Pointe Claire were quickly destroyed Thursday morning, a city official told the Chronicle.

Tests undertaken last week on trees located on a Hymus Boulevard lot returned positive for traces of the exotic beetle, originally of Asia, that’s ravaged nearly 100,000 trees in North America since the start of the new millennium.

“We intervened quickly to try to prevent the spread of the ash borer,” said city spokesperson Marie-Pier Paquette-Seguin.

Though Pointe Claire is restricted from testing ash trees on private property, Paquette-Seguin said it was necessary to stabilize a potential zone of infestation. Officials are waiting for results after taking samples of surrounding trees in the area.

The city uses monitoring traps to discover the presence of EAB.

Of approximately 8,000 ash trees in Pointe Claire, half are located on private property. As a result, the city will hold a special information meeting on June 11, 7 p.m., at Saint-Joachim Church to inform residents the available resources.

According to Paquette-Seguin, Pointe Claire city council will award a contract to an undisclosed company on June 4 to treat and prevent private and public ash trees from becoming infected by EAB. At the meeting, she said, experts will explain how to detect and protect trees against the ash borer.

Though the city could not confirm whether the treatment would be the popular TreeAzin biopesticide, a product used by the agglomeration of Montreal, interested and concerned residents can pay $80-135 for treatment of a single ash tree, depending on the diameter.

In a released statement, mayor Morris Trudeau highlighted the importance of preventive treatment.

“Our goal is to be proactive and vigilant so that we can be effective in our fight against the EAB. Rapid detection is one of the most important steps we can take to protect ash trees,” said Trudeau.

 Over the last three years, Pointe Claire has applied a strategy of placing traps on “strategically-located” ash trees on public property and carried out inspection and monitoring tours.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the EAB most commonly spreads when people move infested materials such as firework, logs, branches, and chips from place to place. Though it doesn’t generally stray too far from the area upon which it latches, the adult beetle can fly up to 10 kilometres.

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Organizations: Saint-Joachim Church, Pointe Claire city council, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Geographic location: Pointe Claire, Hymus Boulevard, Asia North America Montreal

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