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Shot Hole Borer Talk and Walk About

  • Houghton Estate 19 Sixth Avenue Houghton Estate
  • Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • 2198

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Our magnificent old trees are under attack by an invasive beetle known as the shot hole borer (Polyphagous Shothole borer). This beetle, which originated in Vietnam, is cutting a massive trail of destruction throughout Johannesburg and the trees of Houghton are dying as a result of this terrible infestation. Between 100000 and 500000 trees are expected to be lost in the next five years. Can you imagine strolling down the street in this burning heat and there is only an occasional tree left to give you some shade? Look around you carefully and you will see trees that have already died and trees that have many exposed bare branches. Unfortunately dealing with this pest is a complex and difficult matter. The Lower Houghton Ratepayers Association (LHRA) is arranging for an expert arborist to speak to us about the problem. He will help us identify infected trees and do a short walkabout in the suburb to demonstrate the effect of this infestation. He will also discuss treatment options.

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    Shot Hole Borer Talk and Walk About

    2/23/2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM SAST

    Houghton Estate

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