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Insects that love Trees & Lawns

 
 
   
 
 

Emerald ash borer

Damage to Ash trees that are attacked by the Emerald ash borer (EAB) takes place when the insect bores holes through the bark and then begins feeding just under the bark.  Feeding creates serpentine feeding galleries that cuts off the flow of water and nutrients flow upward from the roots to the upper branches. This eventually results in the death of the tree. This can take place over a number of years, and the first noticeable sign is usually some die back in the crown of the tree. The tree will usually be dead by the following year or soon after. This single pest will soon be killing unprotected ash trees as fast as the mountain pine beetle devestated our forest over the last 10 years.

   
 
 

White Pine Weevil

The white pine weevil attacks not only pines, but also spruce trees.  During the month of April the female weevil emerges from the soil and begins the long walk up the trunk until she gets a foot or so from the top, there she burrows into one of the terminal leaders and lays eggs.  If you have 5 leaders dead, then at least 5 weevils were present.  In June/July the eggs hatch and the young begin to feed under the bark and then dig out of the trees leader and heads back to the soil to hibernate until next year.  July/August is when homeowners normal  see the top leaders beginning to curl.  Unfortunately it too late to spray and prunning the dead leaders out are all you can do. Call us and we will advise you to how to do some additional pruning to side leaders.  

   
 
 

Sod Webworm

Grab a handful of grass blades and pull upward.  If you end up with just blades of grass you may have sod webworms. If you pull up the roots like a carpet sample, you probably have grubs.

   
 
 

Clover Mites

Lawn Clover Mites tend to start at a single point and move outward in the shape of a "V".

Clovermite can do this kind of damage over the course of a weekend.

   
 
 

Billbug Grub

Billbug grubs are very tiny, translucent with a dark head.  They attack early in the spring just as temperatures begin to climb.  Severe cases will allow you to pull up blades and roots in a single tug upward. 

   
 
 

Annual White Grub

Damages caused by the Annual White Grub. This pest eats the roots off just as if a sod cutter had cut the roots.  This damage is often first discovered the first of August.

White Grubs

June beetle that produces white grubs

June Beetle that produces the white grubs

   
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