Tiny tree borer beetle could dig up billions in economic damage

If nothing is done to stop a tiny invasive black beetle in its destructive tracks in South Africa, it is set to cause a whopping R275-billion in potential economic damage over the next decade. 

And 65 million urban trees are likely to die and will need to be safely removed and disposed of.

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