The Box Tree Moth is an invasive insect that has appeared this spring on boxwood hedges in Lytton Park. Hatched larvae feed on the boxwood, ravaging the leaves and causing defoliation and dieback. They can be a significant pest if left unmanaged.
Larvae are light green in colour with characteristic black stripes, white dots and a shiny black head. Treat active larval stages with registered insecticides. 3-5 days after application, check to ensure that all the larvae have been killed. Re-treat if necessary. Continue to monitor plants for signs of active larval stages, especially during the following periods: May 30-June 15, July 15-August 10, September 1-15. If you see this invasive pest, you should report it to: http://inspection.gc.ca/pests
Coyotes continue to appear in our neighbourhood, including a sighting at Lytton Park and the Sunken Garden in early August! They pose a threat to dogs, cats, children and even adults. They can jump fences, and can attack small animals and humans. Keep your distance.