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Annual Sewer Maintenance
The Annual Sewer Maintenance program is now underway for the next 2-4 days depending on the weather. Residents are advised to ensure their sewer caps are in place.
Western Tent Caterpillars
Tent Caterpillars seem to be everywhere this spring. They are the larvae of certain moths that are native to western North and Central America. They hatch from eggs in early spring when leaves are just unfolding. They have distinctive orange and black fuzzy bodies. Western tent caterpillars prefer alder, apple, ash, birch, cherry, cottonwood, willow, Garry oak, domestic fruit trees, roses and in this area they also like cotoneaster. Their tents are constructed in locations that get the morning sun, which the caterpillars need to warm their bodies.
The caterpillars grow rapidly and usually complete their larval life cycle in seven to eight weeks. Around mid-June, they will crawl away from the tree and spin cocoons. The adult moth emerge about 7 to 10 days later.
Tent caterpillars are considered a nuisance due to their consumption of tree leaves which can strip a tree of its leaves; which does not affect the overall health of the tree. It is fairly rare for a tent caterpillar to kill a tree. Once defoliated the tree will either put out a second flush of leaves or if late in the season go into dormancy.
The Tent caterpillars follow a boom or bust population cycle. Some say the cycle is about seven years, although this varies depending on weather and other factors. With a mild winter there are fewer egg losses due to cold. As a result, there are a lot more tents and caterpillars than usual.
Tent caterpillars are a short-term nuisance. if you want to get rid of them, the simplest way is to remove and destroy the larvae (caterpillar) and their nests by stripping or pruning them from the branches. You can cut off the branch, bag it and leave it in the shade. The caterpillars will die and you can add all the material to your compost or dispose of in your garbage can. You can also take a stick or with a glove on wipe them off the tree and squash them.
Evening and early morning are the best times to prune because tent caterpillars tend to congregate in their nests at night.
Western Tent Caterpillars, District of Saanich, Victoria BC
Omar Mosleh, La Nouvelle Beaumont News
RCWRA KIPLING LANDFILL
Please note that the Landfill will be closed today, Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
Red Coat Waste Resource Authority
On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, residents in the area of Centennial Avenue, Park Place and Third Street will be without water from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 12 Noon for system maintenance.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS the Town of Kipling recognizes the importance of Emergency Management in Saskatchewan;and
WHEREAS the goal of Emergency Preparedness Week is to raise community awareness and the need to prepare for the possibility of an emergency; and
WHEREAS the safety of our community is the responsibility of each and every one of us and we must prepare now and learn how to secure a strong and healthy tomorrow.
THEREFORE I, Duane Leicht, do hereby proclaim the week of May 1 to 7, 2016 to be EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN KIPLING and encourage all citizens to participate in educational activities on emergency preparedness.
Town of Kipling
Mayor Duane Leicht
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