Montréal is testing an innovative new trap in its fight against the emerald ash borer. Studies in the lab and in the field have already shown the product to be effective.
Tests this summer in RPP
FraxiProtecMC is an innovative device whose secret weapon is a fungus that kills this destructive insect. This summer, it was part of an experiment in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie in partnership with the Service des grands parcs, du Mont-Royal et des sports and the manufacturer, GDG Environnement.
The funnel-shape trap covers ash borers in spores of the fungus that will kill them a few days later. Before they die, the ash borers will spread the fungus to some members of their colony, killing them, too.
A promising treatment
To date, there have been very few treatments that are effective against this invasive insect. The new control method has the advantage of being safe for humans, birds, mammals and insects, including bees.
The first ash borer was discovered in Montréal in July 2011. The infestation has worsened since then and still threatens thousands of ash trees.
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