Neighborhood Fights Yearly Infestation of Canker Worms Lyra Manning FOX Charlotte 102509:
CHARLOTTE - The Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association got together Saturday to prepare to fight a yearly problem – cankerworms. Neighbors were able to stop by The Fall Crawl at Midwood Park and buy supplies to band trees in their yards.
“The cankerworm is such an infestation and the minute you walk out of your house, you have the worms in your face and the webs,” said Plaza Midwood resident Scott Way as he bought supplies.
In addition to being a nuisance, the worms can destroy trees. “Charlotte is known for its tree canopy – the beauty of it. It’s world renowned,” said Billy DeRosa who owns a professional tree banding company. He says it’s important to get the bands on the trees by the end of November. “When the frost has made it cold enough to start the migration,” he said.