Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The Shot Hole Borer Beetle Crisis

We are on the brink of an ecological disaster...

...all because of the Shot Hole Borer beetle. Trees are dying and FABI has indicated that natural control is not in the pipeline at present.

The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer is a species of Ambrosia Beetle, belonging to the weevil family.

These foreign beetles, identified in 2017 by Dr Trudy Paap of FABI (Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute), are killing trees in towns from Johannesburg to Knysna. Whilst the beetles are mainly affecting urban trees, there is a real possibility that they could reach the veld.

Please read on...