capetown.gov.za – Destructive shot hole borer beetle sighted in Somerset West

Destructive shot hole borer beetle sighted in Somerset West

“The City of Cape Town can confirm that the invasive polyphagous shot hole Borer beetle (PSHB) has been sighted in Somerset West. The City is in the process of appointing an experienced invasive plant removal team to remove the infected trees.”

“The PSBH infestation was discovered in Oldenland Road in Somerset West by passionate gardeners and environmentalists who noted that a London plane tree in their garden was ailing and exhibited signs of a PSHB beetle invasion.”

“The City’s Invasive Species Unit was contacted last month and a student with a Master’s of Science degree (MSc) from Stellenbosch University who is currently working on the PSHB beetle for his thesis, collected samples from the infested sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and London plane trees in Oldenland Road for laboratory analyses.”

“On 3 April 2019 after extensive DNA testing the results of the positive PSHB identification were released in a statement by academic experts from the Stellenbosch University’s Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology and the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria.”

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City of Cape Town, Media Office
2019-04-09
capetown.gov.za

YouTube.com – Johannesburg City Parks removes bug infested trees

Johannesburg City Parks removes bug infested trees

Johannesburg City Parks has promised it won’t be removing trees prematurely amid the spread of an invasive beetle.
The small Asian insect, called the polyphagous shot hole borer, has been threatening the city’s urban forest for quite some time.
This week the city cut down about 40 highly-infested trees in Craighall Park in an attempt to fight the spread.

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eNCA
2019-03-22
YouTube.com

rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za – City Parks to remove more than 40 trees in Craighall Park infected by shot-hole-borer beetles

City Parks to remove more than 40 trees in Craighall Park infected by shot-hole-borer beetles

“CRAIGHALL PARK – Residents should not be alarmed if they see trees being cut down in Buckingham and Richmond avenues on 19 March. City Parks is conducting a blitz operation to remove all dead trees infected by shot-hole-borer beetles.”

“Following an open day discussion on 8 March regarding the impact of the shot-hole-borer beetle, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JPCZ) will be removing more than 40 infected trees in Craighall Park.”

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Sarah Koning
2019-03-19
rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za

georgeherald.com – CAN WE BEAT THE BORER BEETLE?

CAN WE BEAT THE BORER BEETLE?

“GEORGE NEWS – Trees are dying all over George due to Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer infestation. This beetle with its symbiotic fungus poses a huge threat to tree life in the George area and further abroad. ”

“Preventing the spreading of the infestation is vital and to this end, Adri Joubert of Glenwood Lodge took initiative to convene a series of workshops for concerned residents with specialists in the field.”

“The infected trees include, but are not limited to, oaks, liquidambars, maples, macadamia and swamp cypress. Trees should be inspected for small holes (the borer is less than 2mm long) and darker affected spots where resin or sap is oozing out or a small round ball of powder has formed at the entry of the hole.”

“Some successes were achieved with contact pesticides, but it is believed that more focus on systemic chemicals is needed to home in on the borer specifically, rather than wide-spectrum contact insecticides and fungicides.”

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Staff Writer
14 March 2019, 10:30
georgeherald.com

rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za – City Parks commits to more engagement with community regarding shot-hole-borer

City Parks commits to more engagement with community regarding shot-hole-borer

“EMMARENTIA – A heated public meeting hosted by JCPZ sought to inform and engage with community members regarding ways to deal with the shot-hole-borer infestation threatening Joburg’s green canopy.”

“Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has committed to providing leadership and more engagement with community members regarding the containment of the shot-hole-borer beetle following a heated public meeting hosted at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens on 11 March.”

“City Parks hosted the meeting to educate various stakeholders about the beetle and how they were dealing with its containment.”

“General manager for ecosystems and open space management at City Parks, Senzo Nyembe described the beetle as a ‘tiny terror’ which has baffled scientists. The beetle called the polyphagous shot-hole-borer was identified by City Parks in 2018 as a pest which has infested and killed a number of street trees, threatening the Johannesburg urban forest.”

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Sarah Koning
2019-03-13
rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za