Canadians are encouraged to check their property for pests and report any sightings to CFIA
OTTAWA, July 31, 2019 /CNW/ - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and partners across North America are marking August as "Tree Check Month." Throughout August, Canadians are encouraged to check their trees and gardens, or property
Invasive species cause serious damage to our economy and environment. Early detection is always better. In recent years, Canadians have discovered some of the largest invasive threats to Canada. Pests like hemlock woolly adelgid, Asian long-horned beetle and emerald ash borer in new areas were often first found by Canadians who reported them to CFIA.
Reporting to a CFIA local office or online if a pest is discovered helps CFIA direct teams to where they are needed most and respond before pests can spread. CFIA's invasive pest cards and plant pest sheets provide information on what to look for and what to report. Those wishing to learn more about invasive pests are encouraged to follow CFIA on social media for updates on pest movements and pest reporting.
"Protecting the environment is everyone's business. Initiatives like "Tree Check Month" empower Canadians to protect their communities from habitat loss caused by invasive species. Reporting pests before they reach our farms and forests not only prevents environmental damage, but also protects thousands of well-paying jobs in agriculture and forestry."— The Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Keeping invasive pests out is a team effort to protect our natural environment, forestry, agriculture and economy. Canadians play an important role in detecting plant pests and limiting their spread." — Dr. Bill Anderson, Chief Plant Health Officer for Canada and Executive Director, Plant Health and Biosecurity, CFIA
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SOURCE Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
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