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Newfoundland and Labrador determined to nip this pest in the bud

A spruce budworm.
A spruce budworm. - Contributed

Province will spray Btk over 40,000 hectares on the Northern Peninsula in an effort to control the spruce budworm

The provincial government says up to 40,000 hectares of forested area on the Great Northern Peninsula will be subject to aerial spraying this summer in an attempt at early intervention control of the spruce budworm.

The area will be treated with Btk (bacillus thuringiensis), a biological control agent commonly used in forest pest management, which has been approved for operational use by the Health Canada.

A news release from Department of Fisheries and Land Resources says the program is designed to help prevent future outbreaks of the destructive insect and reduce the need for full treatment programs in the coming years. 

Treatments are scheduled to start in July, subject to weather conditions and insect development. Public signage with information about proposed treatment activity will be posted at strategic locations along access roads leading to proposed treatment areas prior to any treatment activity taking place. 

Daily information, including time, location and maps associated with treatment activities will be available at the department’s 2020 Forest Insect Control Program web page or by calling the Forest Insect Control Program Daily Update Line at 1-877-636-2996.

Additional information about Btk can be viewed at the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment website.


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