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City to begin elm bark beetle control in north Winnipeg

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The City of Winnipeg is gearing up for its summer battle against the elm bark beetle and Dutch elm disease (DED) in north Winnipeg.

Starting Mon., July 8, the city says it will begin spraying for the beetle, which carries DED, in the Jefferson, Kildonan Park and Seven Oaks neighbourhoods, weather permitting.

In a bulletin, the city says it will spray elm trees on all public and private properties between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday on an ongoing basis until fall.

The city says it is targeting trees in the north half of the city this summer, with the aim of treating half of the city’s elm population each year after boosting funding to the DED control program in its 2013 budget.

City crews will be spraying the lower 50 centimetres of tree trunks with the chemicals Dursban Turf or Pyrate 480 EC. The chemicals have been approved for use by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, according to the city.

The city will issue a bulletin each Friday to let residents know which neighbourhoods will be treated the following week.

Those looking to receive notification of spraying activities by phone or email are asked to visit http://winnipeg.ca/publicworks/bugline or call 311.

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