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Elm bark beetle control continues in north Winnipeg

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City of Winnipeg crews will resume spraying against the elm bark beetle and Dutch elm disease (DED) in north Winnipeg next week.

Starting Mon., Aug. 19, the city will be spraying for the beetle, which carries DED, in the following insect management areas:

43 — North Inkster Industrial, Oak Point Highway, Omand's Creek Industrial, Tyndall Park

44 — Burrows - Keewatin, Inkster Industrial Park, Mynarski, Pacific Industrial, Shaughnessy Park, Weston, Weston Shops

45 — Burrows Central, Robertson, William Whyte

46 — Centennial, China Town, Civic Centre, Dufferin, Dufferin Industrial, Exchange District, Logan C.P.R., Lord Selkirk Park, North Point Douglas, South Point Douglas

47 — Inkster - Faraday, Luxton, St. John's, St. John's Park

49 — Garden City, Leila - McPhillips Triangle, Margaret Park, Templeton – Sinclair

In a bulletin, the city says it will spray elm trees on all public and private properties, as well as all Seven Oaks School Division properties, between 5:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday until fall.

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 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.

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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