The third phase of treating Buxus colchica, damaged by Cydalima perspectalis, with pesticides on the territory of the forest fund, under the management of the National Forestry Agency has finished. Treating of Buxus colchica stands with pesticieds in Imereti, Racha-lechkhumi Kvemo Svaneti and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Forestry Services were accomplished in three phases in 2018. In total, 550 ha area was treated with biological preparation "Lipidin". Imereti - 63 ha, Racha-Lechkhumi Kvemo Svaneti - 252 ha and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti - 237 ha. 1500 units of pheromone traps were installed in buxus colchica stands for intensive monitoring and catching and destroying large quantities of pests.
The National Forest Agency has been carrying out applying pesticides to buxus colchica stands since 2016. Due to the biology of the pest, 400 hectares were treated with pesticides three times, adding Racha-Lechkhumi Kvemo Svaneti in 2017. Overall, 550 ha covered with buxus colchica were treated with biological preparation last year.