Aug 16, 2017

Common Tree Pests and How to Avoid Them

Homeowners take great pride in their landscaping. Some invest a substantial amount of time, money and energy into crafting and nurturing their yards into the ideal outdoor living space for family and friends to enjoy. It can be horrifying for homeowners to discover that their favorite tree has become infested with insects. If ignored, these tiny creatures can not only destroy your tree, but can spread to other trees and quickly wreak havoc on an entire community. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to assertively control any further harm. At 404-CUT-TREE, we proudly provide tree services for home and business owners in Atlanta, Brookhaven, Decatur, Johns Creek and other Metro area neighborhoods. Over time, we’ve learned how to recognize, prevent and remedy pest problems, and we want to help you do the same.

Identify the Pest

Your first step is to identify the pest. There are millions of insect species, and tree-loving pests choose their victims based on many different factors, such as tree variety, geographic location and local climate. Insect pests commonly found in Georgia include Ambrosia, Japanese and Pine Beetles, Scale Insects, Aphids and certain species of Caterpillars. Try to collect a sample and research online. If the insect is difficult to identify or located in an area of the tree that is hard to reach, a certified arborist can assist you. Tree Service Atlanta 

Is it a Beneficial or Destructive Insect?

Once you know what the insect is, you need to assess the level of danger it presents, if any. Keep in mind that some insect species form a symbiotic relationship with plants. Aphid Predators, Nematodes, Bumblebees, Ladybugs, Green Lacewings and Praying Mantises are just a few predatory species that actually will protect your trees and plants from harmful invaders. Removing these beneficial bugs could cause more harm and have the opposite effect of leaving your trees more vulnerable.  An experienced arborist will be able to properly identify different species and inform you whether keeping them around is helpful or not.

Find a Local Arborist Who Can Remove and Prevent Invasive Species

Once you’ve determined what your tree is infested with, it’s important to act right away. Insects multiply rapidly and if left untreated, the problem can spread fast. The professional arborists at 404-CUT-TREE have all the tools and techniques necessary for treating and eliminating pests in addition to plant diseases. An arborist can also give important advice on how to prevent their return. There are many ways that arborists can effectively control insect populations in trees, however the following four are the most common:

  • Horticultural Soap and Oil Treatments
  • Immune System Boosters
  • Pesticide Treatments
  • Selective Pruning

Do You Need a Trusted Tree Care Company in the Atlanta Area? Call 404-CUT-TREE

Has your favorite White Oak fallen victim to an invasive pest? Don’t hesitate. Save your local ecosystem with help from the highly-qualified tree care experts at 404-CUT-TREE. Our staff is ready to answer all your questions and can schedule a convenient time to meet with our arborist.