Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.
In our last episode (Charlotte's Tree Obsession), we ended with this sound bite: "Die, cankerworm, die!"
That's city arborist Donald McSween back in 2008 when WFAE's Lisa Miller followed him on his war against the cankerworms.
He also had some help: citizen soldiers like Sophia Hollingsworth.
"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. Hate the green monster."
Five years later, the fight against the inch-long creatures continues.