Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

COTTES­LOE Deputy Mayor Jack Walsh may have saved three verge trees from the chain­saw by rec­om­mend­ing wrap­ping their trunks with polyester to stop ma­raud­ing cater­pil­lars.

“I used to tap in a hes­sian col­lar with a ham­mer and eu­thanise of few of them pain­lessly with it,” Cr Walsh said at last week’s meet­ing.

He said it would be eas­ier to put a polyester wrap at the bot- tom of each tree trunk that the cater­pil­lars would not climb.

A Jar­rad Street res­i­dent asked the coun­cil to re­move three cape lil­iac trees in­fested by the in­sects each sum­mer be­fore they in­vade ad­ja­cent homes.

The coun­cil has pre­vi­ously felled in­fested cape lilacs in the town and of­ten spays other trees af­fected by the in­sects sev­eral times.

The first ma­jor in­fes­ta­tion was re­ported last sum­mer and greater cater­pil­lar num­bers are ex­pected after eggs were laid.

Cr Walsh said a polyester wrap meant only “10 to 15 cater­pil­lars will get up there over sum­mer, as op­posed to 10,000 to 15,000”.

Coun­cil­lors agreed to Mayor Jo Dawkins’ sug­ges­tion that res­i­dent’s neigh­bours be con­tacted for their opin­ions about re­mov­ing the trees or a trial of the wraps be­fore the is­sue is re­con­sid­ered by the coun­cil.

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