The City of Steinbach is again participating in the provincial Dutch Elm Disease and Invasive Species Monitoring programs this summer. Monitoring is done through visual inspections and trapping of adult insects, aerial surveys and remote sensing.
- Dutch elm disease (DED) surveys and emerald ash borer (EAB) monitoring are underway again this season in participating communities.
- Provincial inspectors will be driving, biking, or walking around both public and private properties to look for DED infected trees, elm firewood with bark (which spreads DED and is illegal to store), or EAB infested trees.
- Inspectors may be working in the evenings and on weekends.
- Inspectors wear high visibility vests and government issued identification. Staff may also be wearing masks due to COVID-19.
- Our staff may not approach every resident or house before entering onto properties to conduct inspections.
- Surveyors will ring doorbells or knock on doors prior to taking branch samples, marking DED infected trees, or marking elm firewood for removal under the Dutch elm disease management program.