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Some Needed Help in Fight Against the Eastern Spruce Budworm

Starting in the Spring of 2023, North Shore Superior Pest Management will be starting a program for limited treatment of “Cabin Site” White Spruce and Balsam Fir for Spruce Budworm.

We are on the front end of a region-wide re-infestation of Spruce Budworm that will defoliate and kill a lot of our White Spruce and Balsam Fir over the next 10 years in Eastern Lake County and All of Cook County.

This cycle happens every 40 years or so and it is making its appearance once again. Homestead sites with dominant and heritage White Spruce stands and Balsam Fir are going to be our primary target with the goal to save as many of these important landscape trees as possible, doing it in as environmentally responsible way as we can.

We are assembling a list of homeowners and cabin owners that want to have trees treated and would encourage interested parties to contact us as soon as possible so we can answer questions and inspect sites.

We are looking at an application that will be a once-yearly treatment around the time the larva emerge from eggs and begin feeding on the new needles. This occurs typically in early May in this zone and careful co-ordination with Forestry and Ag Specialists is needed to time this for best effectiveness.

The goal is to save the trees and get them through the 10-year cycle we are entering. NSSPM is a Cook County-based service, also treating cabins and homes for structural pests such as Carpenter Ants, Cluster Flies, Mice, Wasps and Spiders etc…

Bill Dalin, NSSPM (218) 370-2323

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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