Pine Trees For Sale
While we normally talk about our pine trees for sale, today we’re taking a different approach. We’re going to discuss some of the insects that attack pine trees and the problems that come with them.
Pine Tree Pests
Living in Utah there are a few different insects that you should know about: the White Pine Weevil, the Pine Needle Scale, the Douglas-Fir Tussock Moth, and the Western Pine Beetle. These are all different insects with different life cycles and breeding patterns, but they all are harmful to different types of pine trees.
An obvious sign of any insect population is going to be oozing sap, discolored needles, and varying effects on the bark. Most of the time the insects and larvae are going to be very small, anywhere from 4mm up to 1cm, whereas the full-grown insects vary from 5mm up to an inch. The majority of the invasion and damages happen in mid-March through April, as that’s when the adults are breeding and laying their eggs. Between May and July is when the larvae develop and start to hatch. Late July through August is normally when the young emerge and do more damage to the host tree(s).
Dealing with Pine Tree Pests
The best thing to do is to nip it in the bud. This will require you to be very diligent. You’ll need to be out inspecting your trees. This can seem like a lot of work, but it’s really not. Because we know most of the damage happens in Spring keep your eyes peeled during this time of year. You’ll want to look for resin droplets, dying branches, slimming branches, and unusual bark patterns. Most of the insects will burrow beneath the bark, so pay extra attention at where the bark may be peeling or absent. If you do notice any bugs there are many pesticides that you can use. Be careful to read the labels as they are poisonous and may affect other species, including your tree. Besides pesticides you can trim away affected branches, rely on natural controls (other beetles or birds), sprays or insecticides. Since every pest is different, be sure to check with your local arborist for best practices.
Pine Trees For Sale
Now that you’ve been properly educated on the proper care of your pine trees, it’s time to get some in your yard! Contact us today with any questions or drop by to see our inventory.