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Termites in downtown for first time

The city plans to inspect about 300 downtown properties for termites this spring after finding an infestation inside the River Run Centre and in adjacent John Galt Park.
It’s the first time termites have been found in the city’s downtown, said a city hall news release this week.
The new infestation in the River Run and the park appear to be an extension of the Woolwich termite management area on the north side of Eramosa Road, the release said.
The city says it will treat the affected area near the River Run. It will remove stumps and wood chip mulch and will install termite monitoring traps in John Galt Park.
Between May 5 and June 13, the city will inspect about 300 downtown properties to determine the size of the infested area, the release said. Once the area is defined, the city will implement a complete control plan, install traps and put further control measures into effect as required.
The eastern subterranean termite was detected in Guelph in the early 1970s near Goldie Mill Park. The non-native insects were accidentally introduced from the United States to more than 30 Ontario municipalities.
The city has been reporting good results in recent years from a termite management program aimed at helping to control the local termite population and prevent damage to wood structures. Since 2007, reductions in termite populations have been reported in the largest termite management area, which includes streets along the west wide of the Speed River from near Eramosa Road almost up to Earl Street. There have also been reductions in the much smaller Emma/Pine and Windermere termite management areas.
However, last August the city established a fourth termite management area after surveying about 450 properties on the other side of the Speed River. This infestation was found to be limited to 12 properties east of Eramosa Road between King and Queen streets, the release said.
Today, Guelph’s four termite management areas include about 650 properties, it said. To help prevent the spread of termites, the city provides information about safe wood and soil disposal and about landscaping.

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