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City’s 2018 Aerial Spray Program a Great Success

Based on reports, data and further examination of spray areas, the City of Mississauga has confirmed with its external partner, BioForest Technologies Inc. (BioForest), that the 2018 Aerial Spray Program was a success in managing fall cankerworm and gypsy moth populations.

According to BioForest, weather conditions, leaf development and caterpillar hatch targets were within the recommended ranges for an aerial spray program using Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki (Btk). Spray deposit on leaves came back within the moderate to high coverage, ensuring we had even application of Btk to the tree canopy. Defoliation surveys showed a majority of trees having less than 5 per cent leaf loss, with no trees sampled having greater than 25 per cent leaf loss. The target was less than 50 per cent defoliation.

“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of Mississauga’s 2018 Aerial Spray Program,” said Jodi Robillos, Director of Parks and Forestry. “There was a lot of planning, organization and co-ordination with our program partners and stakeholders to make sure the spray was executed as precisely as possible. We were focused on getting this right. We had one chance to make sure the timing, dates, spray areas and details were mapped out correctly. It’s great to know that our hard work and efforts paid off.”

The City completed the program at the beginning of June. As part of the program, the City conducted two applications of the spray in affected areas. The spray targeted fall cankerworm and gypsy moth caterpillars on both City and private property over six days.

As fall cankerworm and gypsy moth caterpillars grow, they consume large quantities of tree leaves. They have the ability to quickly strip trees of their leaves, leading to the tree becoming weak and open to potential disease.

Robillos added, “Now that the spray is complete, we’re continuing to monitor City-owned trees in susceptible areas for severe leaf loss caused by fall cankerworms and gypsy moths. Our focus continues to be on preserving, protecting and growing our tree canopy.”

The City’s Forestry team has continued with ongoing inspections of City-owned trees to help control the insect population. Proactive measures like tree banding, tree injections, ground spraying and egg scraping have been put in place.

“Reports from BioForest have indicated that our Aerial Spray Program was hugely successful in controlling fall cankerworm and gypsy moth populations in Mississauga,” said Jamie Ferguson, Aerial Spray Project Lead. “Conducting the Aerial Spray Program and implementing other Integrated Pest Management measures has proven effective. We were on target with recommendations of how and when to conduct the spray.”

Results from the program found the spray coverage for trees was successful. City staff will conduct gypsy moth egg and adult female cankerworm counts later this fall.

In addition, a recent City poll found residents living in affected aerial spray zones were satisfied (86 per cent) with the outcome of the 2018 Aerial Spray Program. The City surveyed more than 400 affected residents.

The survey highlighted the following key areas:
• Communication and awareness of the 2018 Aerial Spray Program
• Impact on resident property from cankerworms and gypsy moths
• Resident comfort with the use of an organic pesticide

To promote awareness of the Spray Program, the City made information available through various avenues including: Mississauga.ca, social media, the 3-1-1 Customer Contact Centre, brochures, open houses and direct mail.

Ferguson stated, “There were a lot of details we wanted residents to be aware of and we focused on ensuring they were kept up-to-date about spray details. We used a number of communications activities to ensure residents had the tools they needed to make informed decisions about their health and the environment.”

To continue ensuring cankerworm and gypsy moth population levels stay in the normal range, residents are being asked to monitor trees on their property for egg masses. They can help by:
• Scraping egg masses off of trees and other hard surfaces and soak them in soapy water for a minimum of 48 hours
• Placing sticky bands on tree trunks
• Installing burlap skirts around tree trunks
• Destroying pupae
• Using pheromone traps

For more information on the City’s aerial spray program, visit mississauga.ca/2018spray.

BACKGROUND
For the past few years, Mississauga has been facing an increase in fall cankerworm and gypsy moth caterpillars which impacted a large area of Mississauga’s tree canopy. Elevated levels of caterpillars have caused severe defoliation of trees, impacting the overall health of many trees on both City-owned and private property.

In May 2018, the City conducted an aerial spray to manage high levels of fall cankerworm and gypsy moth caterpillars and prevent tree loss. The spray area consisted of private and public land in Wards 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 11 and was roughly 2,058 hectares (5,085 acres).

Zimmer Air Services implemented the spray, which happened over a six-day period, with a total of two spray applications being completed. Two helicopters flew about 15 to 30 metres above the treetops to complete the spray.

2018 Municipal Election Advance Polls Open this Friday

Eligible voters in Mississauga who can’t vote on Election Day, Monday, October 22, or simply want to vote early, can do so during the 2018 Municipal Election Advance Polls which are open this Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mississauga Civic Centre.

Advance Polls will also be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 at 22 voting locations across the city.

Eligible voters can vote at any voting location during the Advance Polls.

Voters should bring their Voter Notification Letter to make voting even quicker. To complete a ballot, eligible voters must bring acceptable identification that lists their name and address.

For more information about the 2018 Municipal Election, please visit MississaugaVotes.ca.

Important Information for Voters in the Upcoming Municipal Election

With the 2018 Municipal Election only one month away, the City of Mississauga would like to remind residents of some important information as they prepare to vote on Monday, October 22.

Vote Anywhere

New to the 2018 Municipal Election – eligible voters can vote at any voting locationin their ward on Election Day and at any voting location across the city during the Advance Polls.

Advance Polls

Eligible voters can vote earlyduring the Advance Polls:

Friday, October 5                   10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          Mississauga Civic Centre

Saturday, October 6               10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          Mississauga Civic Centre

Saturday, October 13             10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          22 locations across the city

Sunday, October 14               10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          22 locations across the city

Voting by Proxy

Voters who cannot vote on Election Day or during the Advance Polls can still vote.

Voting by Proxy allows a voter to have another eligible voter cast their vote on their behalf. They simply need to fill out the Appointment of Voting Proxy Formand have the appointed voter submit it in person to the Office of the City Clerk (2nd Floor, Civic Centre, 300 City Centre Drive), during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Updating Your Information or Adding Yourself to the Voters’ List

Eligible voters who are not on the voters’ list, or eligible voters who need to update their voters’ list information, can do so by completing a Voters’ List Revision Form.

The form must be completed and submitted in person with acceptable identificationto the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours.

Eligible voters can also update their information by bringing identification to any voting location in the City of Mississauga during the Advance Polls or any voting location in their ward on Election Day.

Voter Notification Letter

All eligible voters who are on the voters’ list will receive a Voter Notification Letter in the mail in the coming days. This letter will arrive in a Mississauga-branded, standard-sized envelope.

The Voter Notification Letter lists the various voting locations that eligible voters can vote at during the Advance Polls and on Election Day. Voters should bring this letter along with I.D. when they vote.

Official List of Candidates for the 2018 Municipal Election is Now Final

The official list of candidates running in the City of Mississauga’s 2018 Municipal Election is now final. A total of 154 candidates are nominated and running in the upcoming election for Mayor, Ward Councillors and School Board Trustees.

Voters can view the full list of official candidates by visiting MississaugaVotes.ca. Continue reading Official List of Candidates for the 2018 Municipal Election is Now Final