Cape Town is fighting the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer beetle with a free education initiative. The program aims to educate businesses and residents on identifying and managing the beetle to mitigate the damage it inflicts on the city’s urban forest. The training covers infested tree identification, correct protocols for managing and transporting affected biomass, and responsible green waste transportation. Residents and businesses are encouraged to report sightings of the beetle and attend the free training sessions to maintain their gardens in a safe and ecofriendly manner.
Cape Town, known for its natural beauty and biodiversity, faces a significant threat to its urban forest. The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB), an invasive beetle from Southeast Asia, has been infesting trees in certain areas throughout the City. The beetle is known for its ability to rapidly invade a range of tree species, leading to branch dieback, gumming, and, ultimately, the host tree’s death. The PSHB is a global problem, and the City of Cape Town has responded with a list of recommended trees to help mitigate its impact.