Mississauga Set to Remove Trees Due to Bug Infestation

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Bugs.

What are they good for?

Absolutely nothing (well, probably something, but let's not be too quick to forgive them).

The City of Mississauga recently reminded residents that, starting this month, forestry staff will be removing dead ash trees from woodlots near Sawmill Creek in Ward 8 that have been infested with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Removing the trees promptly is important, as dead and dying trees can pose a safety hazard.

You can see maps of the removal areas below:

According to a fact sheet on the City of Mississauga website, the EAB is a "highly destructive" invasive insect that attacks and kills all types of ash trees native to North America. The beastie was declared an invasive alien species by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and must be quarantined as a result.

The city says the insect came to Canada from Asia in the 1990s and was discovered in the Windsor and Detroit areas in 2002. It is believed the sneaky little insect made its way to the New World in wooden packing crates.

In 2008, the CFIA confirmed the bugs were present in Mississauga.

As for how the dead tree removal will work, the city says crews will be removing EAB-affected trees around the perimeter of the woodlot near or adjacent to residents' private property and along sanctioned pathways throughout the woodlot.

You can click here to learn more about the project and completion times.

In the meantime, no need to be alarmed by the tree removal—no one is building a new condo in the woodlot (yet ;) ).

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