[cape_town] - City declares war on invasive beetle damaging thousands of trees

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An invasive beetle, polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB), has in other parts of the country resulted in more than 10 000 trees being lost, which could have an adverse effect on the ecosystem and take years to replace, according to reports quoting academic research.

The city’s Recreation and Parks Department and Invasive Species Uniplan have devised a plan to deal with the beetle species, known to invade the host tree and bore holes in the branches.

If undetected, it can destroy a tree within a relatively short period.

Mayoral committee member for community services and health, councillor Zahid Badroodien, warned that the damage the beetle could cause to trees should not be underestimated....

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