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
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