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Cankerworms, The Invasion Continues

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  • Logan Sherrill

    Logan Sherrill

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    I’m a local boy from Claremont, North Carolina. I attended Western Carolina University where I received a B.S. in Communication with a double concentration of broadcasting and journalism. While in college I was the General Manager of WWCU-FM and color commentated WCU football basketball games.
    I’m a local boy from Claremont, North Carolina. I attended Western Carolina University where I received a B.S. in Communication with a double concentration of broadcasting and journalism. While in college I was the General Manager of WWCU-FM and color commentated WCU football basketball games.
  • Butler beats Mallard Creek, 28-27 in thriller

    Fox Football Friday -- Week 2 (August 30th, 2014)

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    The Butler Bulldogs and Mallard Creek Mavericks played an absolute thriller, Friday night at Providence High. The Bulldogs hung on for a 28-27 win, to stake their claim as the best team in the area. Check out the complete highlights INSIDE.
  • Local Player Hoping To Land On Panthers' Roster

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    Charlotte native Brenton Bersin is hoping this will be the year he makes the Panthers 53-man roster.

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What are the bands on the trees all around Charlotte? What are they for?

It is strips of glue and they are to fight cankerworms. These pests have been around in Charlotte for more than 20 years. The problem with cankerworms is they eat leaves in the spring as the tree blossoms. It only takes a few years for an untreated tree to be completely destroyed by the worms.

The City of Charlotte has listed a three step process on how to protect trees from the worms:
Step 1: Install a strip of cotton or insulation around the tree at least three feet from the ground and below the lowest limb.
Step 2: Position a band of roofing felt over the strip and attach it to the trees with the staple gun. Avoid using stapes on small, young or thin barked trees. Instead use electrical tape to hold the bands.
Step 3: Using disposable gloves and a putty knife, put a film of glue directly on the band, approximately 1/8' thick.

Although no one knows why the cankerworm problem is so serious in Charlotte arborist believe this method is the best way to fight back.
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