Building on Success - Mississauga's 2007 Gypsy Moth Plan



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 1 /CNW/ - Based on the success of the 2006 Gypsy
Moth Control Program, which significantly reduced gypsy moth infestation
levels in 11 zones across the city and saved thousands of trees, Mississauga
City Council endorsed the recommendation to proceed with the 2007 Gypsy Moth
Control Program as outlined in the staff report Status of the Gypsy Moth
Population in Mississauga for 2007.
    The report recommends implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
programs, including an aerial spray using the bacterial insecticide Bacillus
thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki (Btk) to control gypsy moth populations in
four new areas of the City not included in the 2006 aerial spray. According to
staff evaluations, in the areas of Shardawn Mews, Credit Heights, Erindale
Park and Staghorn Woods Park, infestation levels are extremely high with the
potential for significant tree loss.
    The report also recommends working in partnership with the City of
Toronto to conduct a co-ordinated aerial spray program for operational
efficiencies and cost saving opportunities for both municipalities.
    The estimated total treatment area for the 2007 aerial spray is
approximately 200 hectares (494 acres), less than half of the area that was
sprayed last year.
    Staff from various City departments will again work closely to ensure a
comprehensive plan for the 2007 Gypsy Moth Control Program is developed and
the necessary approvals and authorizations from regulatory agencies are
obtained. The program will be implemented and follow the same process used for
last year's program.
    In 2006, the City of Mississauga implemented an extensive Gypsy Moth
Control Program in which exhaustive IPM programs and an aerial spray over 500
hectares were conducted. The program proved to be successful and helped to
significantly reduce the gypsy moth caterpillar populations and potential tree
damage in the affected areas.

    Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than
700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities,
the City delivers quality municipal programs and services to its citizens.
Mississauga is recognized as Canada's safest city.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Laurel Schut, Public Affairs
Consultant, (905) 615-3200, ext. 5832, laurel.schut@mississauga.ca,
www.mississauga.ca


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