The City of Toronto will start spraying biological pesticides on various parts of the city’s trees to control the spread of the lymantria dispar dispar moth. The insect is very destructive and requires human intervention. The spraying will begin around 5:30 a.m. Saturday at High Park..
The park will be closed while the spay operation is happening and will last about three hours. Beth Mcewen, the city’s manager of forestry and natural area management said “(Helicopters) will flying about 50 feet above the tree canopy and spraying a fine mist of biological pesticide called BoVir in High Park,”
If weather is permitting, wards 6, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 21 will be sprayed on Sunday. The city is using an insecticide which is non-toxic to humans, birds, mammals, adult moths, butterflies, bees, and other insects.
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