Pointe Claire has begun preventive treatment of 400 ash trees on public property in an effort to inhibit the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) within its jurisdiction, city officials announced Tuesday morning.
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According to city officials, healthy ash trees were selected in the past two weeks for treatment, specifically the use of the biopesticide known as TreeAzin.
“Ash trees treated with the TreeAzin biopesticide will be identified with a poster that will tell citizens about the treatment and emphasize how important it is to treat and protect our ash trees,” Pointe Claire Mayor Morris Trudeau said in a released statement.
Trees injected with biopesticide at the base of the trunk will be protected from the EAB for a period of two years.
The announcement comes two months after the city spotted and destroyed two EAB-infested ash trees on a Hymus Boulevard property.
Pointe Claire has earmarked $500,000 to fight the EAB, using a number of methods, including screening (installation of traps), preventive treatment, and the mandatory felling of trees. There are 8,000 ash trees in the city, half of which are on public property.
“We are taking these actions to ensure that we are proactive and vigilant in preserving our ash trees,” said Trudeau.