Apr 25 2019

Insects in Trees

During summer, a wild forest fire can burn down trees, and in fall or autumn, government establishments or private individuals could embark on deforestation using loud and heavy machinery to clear the land for one project or the other.

Even so, do not think that these two activities can only be blamed for deforestation because another silent killer cripples around trees that do more harm than you can imagine insects!

There are different species and types of insects causing defoliation and other types of nonlethal injury to forest trees that have a tremendous negative impact on tree growth and timber production.

If you're a homeowner with trees in your premises, it's better to prevent the infestation of insects on your trees because the economic cost of damage could be overwhelming.

Call tree care specialist at Sesmas Tree Service whenever you suspect insect infestation on your trees. We have seasoned arborists with years of experience that could identify the type of insects and proffer lasting solutions.

Here are some of the dangerous tree-killing insects that should be eradicated from your trees as fast as possible.

The Mountain pine beetle

Research and data from the U.S Forest Service indicates that from 1990 to the early 2000s, about a million acres of forest in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado was affected by this invasive insect.

They are known to bore into the bark of trees to produce boring dust from western white trees, lodgepole, limber-pines, and sugar. They can devastate a large number of forests by weakening healthy trees through the pitch tubes (the boring holes).

If the infestation of Mountain pine beetle is not identified on time, it could lead to tree mortality, call Sesmas Tree Service now!

The Ambrosia beetle toothpicks

They prefer attacking trees like maples and crapes, and in most cases, it's better to remove the infested trees and treat the surrounding trees with prophylactic chemicals.

That is to tell you how dangerous this insect could be. You will favor the trees in your premises and save cost if you don't procrastinate calling a professional when you notice signs of Ambrosia beetle toothpicks including large pitch tubes on the trunk close to the base of your tree.

The Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald feed primarily on the foliage of the infested trees but larvae can destroy the trees much faster by tunneling or damaging the bark of the infested trees.

It is a native Asian insect from Taiwan, Japan China and Korea and the mode of its instruction to North America cannot be identified. You can recognize the Emerald Ash Borer by their metallic green exoskeleton, and unfortunately, they have killed millions of trees since they were identified in the 90s.

The Spruce Beetle

This insect is difficult to identify because they spend the winter periods burrowing under the bark of trees. It takes the experience of an arborist to know that the spruce beetle infests your tree. But you may try to look out for piles of boring dust at the trunk of your trees and also pitch tubes at the base of the tree.

Other insects feed on tree leaves and needles which are equally dangerous eastern tent caterpillar, gypsy moth, turpentine beetle, spruce budworm, etc.

If detected early, insect's infestation is easy to treat, and that is why you should invite arborist from Sesmas Tree Service to take care of your trees.

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