California residents can help prevent the spread threats to palm trees. It starts with being observant. Look for signs of infestation and take extra precautions even when no infestation is detected. Researchers from the Riverside Invasive Species program said residents should not move palms and palm tree waste from one area to another. Also avoid using chainsaws to prune palm trees. If pruning a tree is necessary, use a flat edge blade that has been sterilized to remove remaining fungus. Californians should also refrain from transporting firewood. Instead, buy firewood at the location where you will burn it because the PSHB lives in firewood.
What a great article! Very informative and educational. A must read.
Although it did omit one important fact – both the bug and the fungus are symptoms of a warming world. This is a perfect example of how flora and fauna are not keeping up or flourishing in an world suffering from global climate destabilization. If the denier in California thinks they are not being impacted by AGW, think again buddies because planting new trees – that’s your tax dollars at work.