Ash tree banding is being done on public trees throughout town for the next several weeks, weather permitting, to control the western ash bark beetle. This insect lays eggs in the canopy of the tree in the spring and the larvae chew the wood just underneath the bark causing branches to die back.
The banding is a wrap of foil backed insulation brushed with insect-trap, which is a non-toxic sticky substance used to trap the adult bark beetles as they crawl up the trunk to prevent them from laying eggs. Banding is installed in April and removed in July.
We are asking that people please not touch the traps but if you do, warm water, soap and scrubbing will remove it.
For further information contact the Urban Forester at 403-938-8958.