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Toronto, May 27 (Canadian-Media): In its efforts to protect the tree canopy and vulnerable trees from European Gypsy Moth infestation, City of Toronto will implement the first round of its aerial spray program in Etobicoke on Thursday, May 28 between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m, media reports said.
Aerial spraying. Image credit: Twitter handle
For the application of a biological insecticide, during the aerial spray, one twin-engine helicopter with an ultra-low-volume spray system will fly about 15 to 30 metres above the tree canopy in Ward 2 – Etobicoke Centre.
As Gypsy Moth caterpillars must feed on the treated leaves for the insecticide, it is required that the product must be applied directly to tree foliage to be effective.
Spraying being weather dependent and can only be initiated in the right conditions, specific spray dates are confirmed 48 hours in advance and can be cancelled if weather conditions change.
Residents within the affected spray zone are encouraged to check for and subscribe to updates on the City's website at toronto.ca/gypsymoth or call 311.
Subject to weather conditions to be less than optimal, the City will reschedule the aerial spray.
A second round will be applied within days, but specific dates have yet to be determined.
The spray area is located south of Eglinton Avenue West and west of Kipling Avenue, between Warrender Avenue and Princess Margaret Boulevard.
A map of the designated spray area is available at:
Protection of Toronto's environment including the tree canopy,are considered key priorities for the City for the health and safety of Torontonians.
Although residents in the spray zone do not need special precautions, but if people wish to avoid exposure, they can remain indoors during and immediately after the spraying.
The pesticide, Foray 48B during its 2019 aerial spray program, used by the city of Toronto does not affect adult moths, butterflies, bees, fish, birds or mammals.
This is a biological control, approved by Health Canada for urban aerial use, is made from a naturally occurring bacterium found on dead or decaying matter in the soil that poses minimal risk to human health.
The insecticide used by the City called Foray 48B Biological Insecticide Aqueous Suspension, of which Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki is the active ingredient (identified under Pest Control Products Act Registration Number: 24977 class 11).