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Fremantle residents asked to look for exotic insect borer

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is responding to the suspect detection of an exotic beetle Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer (PSHB) in a backyard maple tree in East Fremantle (Shared from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia).

The department has asked residents to check trees and report any signs of borer damage and wilting. The department is also undertaking surveillance in the East Fremantle and Fremantle areas to determine the spread of the borer.

It is also important that local residents do not remove wood or green waste material from their properties unless it is through an approved council collection to help contain any potential spread of PSHB.

Read more about Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer here.