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Local News in Brief : Eucalyptus Beetle Infestation Fought

Officials and residents in Palos Verdes Estates are looking for ways to combat an invasion of the pernicious Australian eucalyptus borer beetle, which is having a significant impact on eucalyptus trees.

Combating the pest, whose larvae kill the tree, took center stage at a City Council meeting, where officials said the city has little money to fight the insect, which finds a perfect home in the community’s dense stands of eucalyptus.

“It won’t wipe out our eucalyptus trees, but it is a serious problem and one that does not have an easy solution,” said Councilwoman Ruth Gralow, who presided over the packed council meeting.

Reacting to residents’ concerns, the council is forming a committee made up of members of the city parklands committee, staff members and residents.

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The committee will report on the extent of the infestation and devise the best ways to combat it in parklands, along streets and on private property.


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