Aerial spray of pesticide begins tomorrow

6/19/2012

Helicopters will be in the air spraying insecticide over parts of the Okanagan starting tomorrow.

The spray program is an attack against the Spruce Bud Worm; an insect that can destroy both spruce and fir trees.

The insecticide, known as Foray 48B or BTK,  is a biological agent that the Environment Ministry says is only harmful to moth and butterfly larvae. 

Weather permitting, spraying will take place sometime between tomorrow and June 26th in several Okanagan areas.  In the Central Okanagan sparying has been scheduled for the forest west of Glenrosa, Shannon Lake, Rose Valley and Blue Grouse Mountain.

Detailed information is available at this website:

http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/rsi/ForestHealth/Western_Spruce_Budworm_Spray_2012.htm

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