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The polyphagous shot hole borer threatens to kill many trees in SA

11 September 2018 5:08 PM
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Managing Director of Heuristic Guru, Hilton Fryer explains his findings on studying the polyphagous shot hole borer beetle.

There is a new bug in town.

And this little bug is dangerous and destroying trees and surrounding plants.

The polyphagous shot hole borer was first reported in Johannesburg as it threatens to kill trees across the country and has already decimated the old English oaks of Knysna.

It's a terrible bug and so tiny that you hardly notice it.

Hilton Fryer, Managing Director of Heuristic Guru

It eats its way into the tree and it makes massive colonies that it grows fungus within the tree. The fungus is what kills the tree.

Hilton Fryer, Managing Director of Heuristic Guru

What's frightening is that by the time that the beetle has killed a large tree, you will find that its got probably hundreds of thousands of inside of it. And when those beetles emerge, the females fly.

Hilton Fryer, Managing Director of Heuristic Guru

They basically attack all the surrounding trees.

Hilton Fryer, Managing Director of Heuristic Guru

Listen to what you can do to stop the beetles...


This article first appeared on 702 : The polyphagous shot hole borer threatens to kill many trees in SA


11 September 2018 5:08 PM
Tags:
Insects
Trees
bugs
polyphagous shot hole borer

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