Guided walk to teach residents about emerging pests and diseases in Mississauga


Published February 13, 2023 at 12:38 pm

A guided walk that will teach participants about emerging pests and diseases in Mississauga is set to take place next month.

The event called the Emerging Pests Guided Walk, is being organized by City of Mississauga Forestry staff to help the community learn about emerging non-native invasive pests.

The guided walk will take place at Sawmill Creek Park, located at 3606 Sawmill Valley Dr. on Mar. 4, where staff will discuss specific pests and diseases in Mississauga that the community should be aware of.

According to a representative from the City of Mississauga, the guided walk will discuss the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Spotted Lanternfly, Oak Wilt and Beech Leaf Disease.

While the Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) moth, formerly known as the gypsy moth, will not be discussed during the upcoming walk, the City of Mississauga has been working to combat infestations of them over the last few years.

The insect, which is now being referred to as the spongy moth, are non-native insects that are considered major pests in North America. They are known to target maples, birches and beeches, among other species. However, all species of oak, in particular, are susceptible to the LDD moth.

Along with pests and diseases to be aware of in Mississauga, the guided walk will also offer information about basic forest health and tree identification and ways residents can help with the early detection of pests.

Those who are unable to make it to the guided walk but are still interested in learning about invasive species will have the opportunity to join a series of virtual or in-person events throughout the week of Feb. 21 to Mar. 4.

The City of Mississauga will be recognizing that week as Invasive Species Awareness Week in order to help residents learn how to detect invasive species early as well as how to protect the City’s urban tree canopy and natural spaces.

The guided walk will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

While the upcoming event is free, registration is required in advance to reserve a spot.
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