Do tree banding kits work in combating LDD moths? Wellington County wants more info

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Wellington County wants to look further into tree banding kits as an option to combat LDD moths that have been terrorizing trees in some areas in the county.

In a report presented to the county planning committee meeting Thursday, Meagan Ferris, manager of Planning and Environment, went through some management methods other local governments have done to combat the LDD moths.

One of the methods that piqued many councillors' ears was tree banding kits that the Town of Oakville has implemented.

Oakville has implemented aerial spraying of BTK pesticide on town woodlands, and has provided residents in areas heavily impacted by LDD moths with tree banding kits.

Oakville also set aside municipal funding for egg removal from municipal trees.

“The tree banding kits is pretty much the same method that is being proposed that any resident can abide on private property. It’s similar to a whole burlap to a tree, so it’s probably not very cost prohibitive because you can easily attain it,” Ferris explained.

“But I didn’t really have anything to give at this time to give the council how many kits were prepared and the cost of each kit.”

Warden Kelly Linton is very much interested in the banding kits, noting that “it’s not a pesticide program that can affect private properties and farms.”

“It’s something we can show to residents that we care about what’s happening on their private property, maybe even, research more about this. Maybe we can even piggy back on some of the research some of the towns have done on this and it may be smart of us to do that,” said Linton.

Pesticides and aerial spraying was a big worry for councillors in terms of finances, environmental and farming impacts it may bring.

“I’m just worried about organic farms and the trees. We have a lot of trees and I’m worried aerial spraying might be too cost-effective,” said Coun. Mary Lloyd.

The committee decided to have Ferris return to the committee with additional information on the banding option

Angelica Babiera, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com

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