Tree Banding Workshop: Learn How to Discourage Winter Moths

Winter moths will soon be eyeing up trees for their winter homes.  Come learn how to protect your trees from them, so that their hungry caterpillars won’t be feasting on your favourite tree come spring.

The flightless female, has a brownish grey body color with brown or grey wings with dark markings. The winter moth is considered an invasive species in North America.

By banding the trunk of a tree with a sticky adhesive in the fall, homeowners can trap and prevent the female Winter moths from walking up a tree to lay eggs in branches. When trees aren’t banded smooth, green caterpillars that emerge from the Winter moth larvae will eat the blossoms and leaves in the spring.

Garry oak, maples, cherries, basswood, ash, crabapples, apple, blueberry, poplar and other ornamental trees and shrubs can all benefit from the banding. Banding trees will help reduce infestations of these hungry green caterpillars and reduce the need for pesticides in the spring.

Join a free tree banding workshop:

What:               City Parks staff will teach you how to band your trees
When:              Tuesday, November 10 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where:             Beacon Hill Park Maintenance Yard, located at the end of Nursery Road 
Cost:                Free.  Registration is not required.

*Please dress for the weather as the workshop will take place outdoors, rain or shine.