– Invasive beetle species threatens local trees

Invasive beetle species threatens local trees

An invasive beetle species has destroyed more than 10 000 trees across the country and poses a serious threat to trees in the metropole and surrounding areas of Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Community services and Health, Zahid Badroodien, explains that it is the City’s duty to protect the area’s natural fauna.

PSHB beetles attack more than 300 tree species countrywide, and more than 130 of these are susceptible to FD, including oaks, most willows, plane trees, avocado trees, some acacias, and most maples.

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Ishani Chetty
Cape Town ETC