June 3, 2011
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York sets out insect traps to survey the spread of Emerald Ash Borer

Invasive insect found in several areas in southern York Region
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is placing approximately 250 insect traps in ash trees across southern York Region to help determine the number of trees affected by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). 
 
The EAB, an invasive insect that destroys healthy ash trees, was discovered in York Region in 2008 and the City of Toronto a year earlier.
 
York Region is working co-operatively with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Ministry of Natural Resources, conservation authorities and local municipalities to monitor the spread of this invasive insect and determine the best course of action to help manage its impact.
 
Bright green prism-style traps are being placed in mature ash trees approximately four to five metres above the ground in the following areas:
 
• Northern portions of the City of Vaughan,
Town of Richmond Hill and Town of Markham 
• Southern portions of the Township of King and
Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
• Town of Aurora and Town of Newmarket
 
The prism traps are placed one square kilometre apart to provide an optimal survey area. They have an adhesive on the outside surface with a chemical on the inside to attract the EAB. 
 
Signs will be placed in areas where the traps are located.  York Region asks residents to avoid contact with the traps as the chemicals can cause mild skin irritation.  Disturbing the traps will also negatively affect the survey numbers.
 
York Region would like to thank residents for their co-operation as this survey work is completed.
 
For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer, please visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website www.inspection.gc.ca/pests or call 1-866-463-6017.
 
For local information on the Emerald Ash Borer, please click on the front page link on www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 1232 / Cell: 905-251-6419
Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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