- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Milder temperatures forecast for the week are giving Charlotte-area residents one last chance to stop female cankerworms from starting a life cycle that will bring problems next spring.

The Charlotte Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1wesico) city arborist Don McSween said residents who want to stop the females from climbing trees and laying eggs that will hatch late next March or in April should apply bands and sticky material that catches the females before they can lay eggs in upper parts of the trees.

McSween said cold weather usually serves as the impetus for the worms to begin climbing.

In some cases, some worms probably moved up the trees in the past week to 10 days. But experts said it’s still worth the effort because the females don’t follow a strict timetable.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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