Aug 24, 2018

Tree pests are often an incredibly irritating problem for homeowners. It can be extremely frustrating to spend years caring for your favorite ornamental maple tree, only to discover that its health is fading due to an insect infestation. Unfortunately, struggling with pests is a common issue that has to be dealt with frequently. At 404-CUT-TREE, we are proud to offer quality tree service for homes and businesses in Atlanta, Johns Creek, Milton, Duluth, Chamblee, Tucker, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Norcross, Roswell, Marietta, Doraville, Decatur, Georgia, and other nearby communities. Our goal is to provide our local customers with the healthiest and most beautiful trees on the block. Are you tired of pests damaging your favorite trees, shrubs and plants? Here are a few tips on how you can discourage them naturally.

Hot Pepper 

Spicy peppers are a great deterrent for some small animals and insects like ants. You can make a simple spray by mixing 8 ounces of water and 10 drops of citrus essential oil with cayenne, habanero, jalapeño, or another variety of hot pepper. This is a good mix to use on trunks and branches, where it can be sprayed on a specific area. You can also sprinkle cayenne or chili powder around the base of the tree trunk to keep possums, deer, rabbits, and other animals away.

Neem Oil

Neem oil serves double duty as both a natural pesticide and anti-fungal. This handy oil works to repel a variety of insects in a variety of ways. Some species will suffocate on the oil droplets, while others will have their hormonal and reproductive cycles disrupted. Create a neem oil spray by combining a half ounce of oil with two quarts of water. Use immediately after mixing for best results.

Chrysanthemum Tea

Chrysanthemums contain a chemical substance known as pyrethrum that wreaks havoc on some insects’ nervous systems. Take 100 grams of dried chrysanthemum flowers, and boil them in one liter of water. Drain the water after twenty minutes and place the liquid in a spray bottle once it has cooled.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is a fine powder made from fossilized diatoms. Their silica skeletons have very sharp edges, which damage the exoskeletons of many different types of insect pests. Simply sprinkle some of it around areas of your yard and near your tree as needed. Wear gloves and be careful when applying diatomaceous earth: while it is non-toxic, it can cause lung problems if accidentally inhaled and may irritate sensitive areas like the hands or eyes.

Motion Sensor Lights and Alarms

Homeowners who live in the country or near heavily forested areas may have problems with deer, squirrels, and other wildlife attacking their trees, particularly in the winter when food is scarce. Not only can these animals physically harm your tree by eating its bark, but they may attract other unwanted problems. Installing motion sensitive lights and alarm systems on your property can scare them off and reduce the amount of damage long term.

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