Confirmed Cases of Dutch Elm Disease in Regina
Regina has confirmed the year’s first three cases of Dutch elm disease. An additional three trees are being tested with results pending. The diseased trees are being removed today to prevent further spread of the disease.
“The best approach to control this disease is the removal of the infected trees,” said Russell Eirich, Manager of Open Space Services, “Early detection is key for keeping Regina’s urban forest healthy and protected.”
The City has lost 139 trees to the disease since 1981. Together we can prevent further loss by keeping the elm bark beetle out of Regina. Residents can do this by not transporting firewood from other locations into and out of the city. In addition, elm trees should only be pruned from September to March to avoid attracting the pests.
Residents can watch for the signs of Dutch elm disease:
- The first sign is wilting leaves, a result of blocked water-carrying tubes
- Leaves may turn yellow if trees are infected in the spring or early summer
- Leaves may turn brown and not fall off if trees are infected later in summer
Residents with concerns about the disease can contact Service Regina at 306-777-7000.
Thank you to our community for keeping Regina’s urban forest healthy and protected.
Learn about invasive pests and how to keep them under control without compromising the health of our ecosystems at Regina.ca/pests