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What are Invasive Species?
Plants, animals and micro-organisms that have been introduced (accidentally or deliberately) to non-native areas.
They have negative impacts on the natural biodiversity/environment, economy and/or society, which can include human health.
Giant Hogweed - Destroy Nuisance Weeds
What is it?
An invasive plant.
The sap of Giant Hogweed can negatively affect human health.
Can be found along roadsides, vacant lots and stream banks.
Giant Hogweed Sap Can Cause:
Serious skin inflammation (photodermatitis).
The skin to be highly sensitive to UV rays due to a chemical called furanocoumarins.
Skin blisters, redness, scarring, and other discolouration that can last for years.
Temporary or permanent blindness if sap enters the eyes.
Reactions that can occur for up to 48 hours after contact.
Heat and moisture (sweat) can enhance the reaction.
What does it look like?
1 to 4 metres (3 – 14 feet)
Large white clusters of small flowers
30 to 60 cm in diameter (1 to 2 feet)
Up to 1 metre (3 feet) in diameter
Sharp coarse teeth
Compound leaves deeply divided into lobed toothed leaflets
Produces watery sap
Rough and bumpy
Course white hairs emerging from bumps
How can I be exposed to the sap of giant hogweed?
Touching or brushing up against the plant.
Touching clothing or pets that have come into contact with the plant.
The sap can become airborne by pulling, cutting or mowing giant hogweed. This can cause sap to get in the eyes.
What do I do if I accidentally come into contact with giant hogweed?
Wash the affected area immediately with soap and water.
Keep the affected area out of the sun for at least 48 hours.
Attacks and kills all Ash trees native to North America.
Brought to Canada unintentionally through wooden packing crates from Asia in the early 1990s.
Identified as an invasive alien species by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for Halton in 2009.
Has the potential to eliminate ALL of our Ash trees (5-10% of our urban forest*).
A large section of Ontario and Quebec is under quarantine.
Movement of ash wood products outside of the regulated area is prohibited (click here for a map).
*An urban forest refers to all of the collective varieties of trees that we have growing on our streets
Signs of Emerald Ash Borer
Bark damage – vertical cracks in the bark
Discolouration or yellowing of leaves
D-shaped holes on bark and braches
Crown dieback - loss of leaves in the tree canopy
Shoots growing from trunk and branches of the tree
Increased presence of woodpeckers feeding
Municipal Ash Tree Management
The remaining street Ash trees can be considered “standing dead” as they will all succumb to the EAB over the next few years and the trees will be removed and replaced as time and budget allows.
See the “Emerald Ash Borer Management Strategy” Council Report 2012-0034 from October 15, 2012, for more information.
If you suspect EAB on a tree located on Town property, please contact Public Works at 905-873-2601 Ext. 2603 to request service.
If you suspect a tree on your property is infested, or are interested in treating a tree on your property, please call a certified arborist for more information.
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