As if it weren’t bad enough to have pests inside of your home, a pest in and on your trees are a totally different ball game. When you are dealing with pests inside of your home, calling a pest control company like Six Brothers Pest Control is the most effective way to get rid of the invaders. Tree pests, however, can become such a large problem that you have to use heavy machinery to remove the tree entirely. Here are some common tree pests and what to do if you get them.
Japanese beetles are shiny, green, ½ inch long beetles that feed on the leaves of more than 400 plant species. These pests eat the leaves of trees between the veins, leaving distinct skeleton-like leaves in their wake. Japanese beetles stick to large groups and will demolish a tree within a matter of days. If you see these guys on your tree, the best thing to do is buy some Insect Killer and douse your trees.
The gypsy moth is one of the most destructive forest pests. Originally evolving in Europe and Asia, the gypsy moth was accidentally introduced into North America around 1868. Since then, the gypsy moth has terrorized the forests of North America every year.
The gypsy moth feeds of the foliage of hundreds of species of trees but generally sticks to oaks and aspens. Thankfully, gypsy moths tend to stick to forests and usually avoid residential areas. If complete defoliation of a tree occurs, the tree has to be removed using heavy machinery such as a wood chipper.
Whiteflies are small, sap-sucking insects usually found on the undersides of leaves. Cousins to aphids, these small pests can cause plenty of damage to trees. Whiteflies create a sticky substance known as honeydew. Feeding on the juices of plants and trees, whiteflies will cause the tree to slowly wilt and lose its leaves. If not dealt with quickly, whiteflies will kill a tree, making using heavy machinery to remove the tree the only option.
Emerald Ash Borer
The emerald ash borer is among the most destructive of tree pests. The adult beetles aren’t what you need to worry about, but rather the larvae. The adults feed on the foliage of trees, leaving trees damaged but not completely destroyed. The larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients from the roots to the rest of the tree. Trees will take anywhere from 2-4 years to die after the infestation and once the infestation occurs, there isn’t much that can be done to the tree other than removing it and grinding the stumps.