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September 19, 2003
Toronto residents asked to help stop spread of Asian Longhorned Beetle
  
With the fallen tree limbs due to today's inclement weather, residents of
Toronto are being asked to help stop the spread of the Asian Longhorned Beetle
(ALHB) by taking the following measures.

· If you find an ALHB on a fallen tree limb, please do not remove it from the
area. Call the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) immediately at
1-800-442-2342.

· Toronto residents living in the area of Keele Street, Finch Avenue West,
Kipling Avenue and Steeles Avenue West, are asked to temporarily avoid
unnecessary (cosmetic) pruning of trees and shrubs, and only conduct tree
cutting for safety.

· If cutting is required, please call 416-338-TREE (8733) for information on
how to dispose of wood, branches, or chips. Do not move any tree materials
(including firewood, pruned branches, grass clippings and leaves) from your
area. Advise landscape maintenance companies about the insect and ask them not
to remove material from the area. A local site will be arranged for safe
disposal of this material.

The CFIA recently discovered an infestation of the ALHB in an area straddling
the border of Toronto and Vaughan, west of Highway 400.

The ALHB can be spread through the movement of infested material. In order to
control and eradicate this insect, Toronto residents are asked to take certain
precautions to help prevent the spread. While the beetle poses no threat to
public health, nor will it infest homes or workplaces, this beetle is known to
attack and kill healthy broadleaf trees including all species of maple, elm,
poplar, linden, willow and ash trees. The beetle kills trees when their larvae
feed within tree trunks and limbs.

For information about ALHB, including pictures of the insect and signs of
infestation, visit the CFIA web site at www.inspection.gc.ca. As an Agency of
the Government of Canada, the CFIA works to protect the safety of Canada's food
supply and animal and plant resource bases. Under the authority of the federal
Plant Protection Act, the CFIA is the lead agency with respect to developing
and enforcing policies to control or eradicate invasive alien species such as
the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

Media contact:
Richard Ubbens, City Forester, Parks and Recreation, Economic Development,
Culture and Tourism, 416-392-1894



 

 

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