Côte Saint-Luc launches an information campaign to inform residents on how to deal with ash trees infected by the emerald ash borer

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is launching an information campaign to inform its residents on how to treat their ash trees that have been infected with the emerald ash borer (EAB). The EAB is a tiny metallic-green insect that attacks ash trees causing them to die within 3 to 5 years.

Côte Saint-Luc has produced and mailed a flyer to all its residents in single family homes and duplexes. The flyer, Emerald Ash Borer, A guide for Côte Saint-Luc residents with ash trees on their property, provides guidelines to help identify ash trees and explains how to deal with ash trees that are slightly infected or more heavily infected.

Copies of this flyer are also available in all municipal buildings and the information is available on line at CoteSaintLuc.org/EAB. Residents are encouraged to attend an information session, where they will be able to ask questions, on Monday, October 27 at 7 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Boulevard).

“The first step is for residents to identify if they have an ash tree on their property,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for public works and environmental issues. “By attending the information session residents will be better equipped to determine if indeed they have an ash tree on their property and they will learn of the different treatment options that are available to them. It is important to treat infected trees, because left untreated the insect continues to spread to other ash trees and the tree itself becomes a danger to the public. Sadly, we are now seeing the effects of the EAB in Côte Saint-Luc.”

The EAB native to Southeast Asia was first detected in North America in 2002 and has now spread to our area. The EAB attacks only ash trees by getting under the bark of the tree and disrupting its ability to transport water and nutrients and causing trees to die within 3 to 5 years of the attack. Although, the tree may seem to appear healthy, it may be seriously damaged under its bark. When the signs of EAB infestation become apparent to the naked eye, it’s usually too late to save the tree. Côte Saint-Luc invites all its residents to get informed about appropriate treatment and felling techniques.

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