Cankerworms http://wfae.org en A Trifling Place, Episode 6: When Cankerworms Attack http://wfae.org/post/trifling-place-episode-6-when-cankerworms-attack <p>Welcome to "<a href="http://www.wfae.org/topic/trifling-place" target="_blank">A Trifling Place</a>," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In our last episode (<a href="http://www.wfae.org/post/episode-5-charlottes-tree-obsession" target="_blank">Charlotte's Tree Obsession</a>), we ended with this sound bite:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Die, cankerworm, die!"&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's city </span>arborist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Donald </span>McSween<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;back in 2008 when WFAE's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wfae.org/post/eulogy-charlottes-cankerworms" target="_blank">&nbsp;Lisa Miller followed him on his war against the cankerworms</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He also had some help: citizen soldiers like Sophia Hollingsworth.&nbsp;</span></p><p>"We picked them off and didn’t feel bad at all about mooshing them because we felt it was one less cankerworm," Hollingsworth says. "And I don’t feel bad about any of them dying. It’s the canopy that Charlotte is known for and the trees are more important than the caterpillars.&nbsp;Hate the green monster."</p><p>Five years later, <a href="http://www.charmeck.org/city/charlotte/epm/Services/Landscaping/Pages/fall%20cankerworm.aspx" target="_blank">the fight against the inch-long creatures</a> continues.</p><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:41:33 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 21440 at http://wfae.org A Trifling Place, Episode 6: When Cankerworms Attack Eulogy for Charlotte's Cankerworms http://wfae.org/post/eulogy-charlottes-cankerworms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's a tough week to be a cankerworm in Charlotte. The planes have taken to the air and are dropping a substance that's designed to make a deadly meal for the wormy millions.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City officials hope this week’s spraying will vastly thin the ranks of the cankerworms.&nbsp; They expect the green worms back next year, but in lower numbers. &nbsp;</span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lisa Miller considers the plight of the cankerworm as the corpses begin to mount.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2008 17:00:00 +0000 Lisa Miller 12194 at http://wfae.org