City to hold online meeting on invasive beetle threat

The City of Cape Town wants to remind residents of the online public meeting about the invasive Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer beetle (PSHB). The meeting will take place today from 18h00 to 20h00.

In the meeting, officials will provide more information about the symptoms of infected trees, how to report sightings, and what actions can be taken.

This invasive species of beetle poses a serious threat to the urban forest, as infested trees have to be chipped. Residents are encouraged to get involved to get involved to discourage the pest from spreading further.

“It is very important to note that infested trees may not be removed from the property as the removal of the chipped wood will spread the pest to other areas,” says the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.

He urges residents to attend the online meeting, and “help us beat this beetle”.


Done by: Thaakiera Ackerdien


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