Dec 11, 2017

Pest Control Tips for Pine Bark Beetles

Have you noticed a decline in the health and vibrancy of your pine tree? It isn’t easy for many homeowners to know if their pines’ health issues are the result of nutritional imbalance in the soil, damage from storms, natural shifts in environmental conditions, or an insect invasion. While pines can suffer decay or illness for a variety of reasons, Pine Bark Beetles are one of the leading causes. At 404-CUT-TREE, we help property owners in Atlanta, Brookhaven, Buckhead, Decatur, and nearby metro area neighborhoods maintain healthy and beautiful trees. We want to help you do the same. Here are a few tips on how you can detect and control Pine Bark Beetle infestations on your land.

Common Symptoms of a Pine Bark Beetle Infestation

  • Small black beetles (3-7 mm long) are found on the tree, in your home, or around the yard
  • Yellow pitch tubes appear, created from seeping tree sap that accumulates in bored holes
  • Red or brown finely ground dust appears around bore holes on the tree trunk
  • Leaves turn from green to yellow and eventually to a dark brown

If one or more of these symptoms are present, you most likely have a Pine Beetle infestation and your trees are at risk of decline and death. Avoid compromising the health of nearby trees and reduce the risk of property damage and personal injury by calling a certified arborist right away.

Schedule Regular Inspections and Professional Tree Care Services

Proactive and preventative solutions are always the best. Invest in a knowledgeable certified professional who is qualified to perform tree care services like tree risk assessments and pruning. During the course of their service call, they will likely notice the warning signs and inspect accordingly. If there’s an issue, you’ll be made aware of it long before you would have discovered it yourself. This early warning might allow you to save the tree before any major damage occurs.

If Pine Beetles are Present Begin Treatments Immediately

Assuming the infestation is discovered in its early stages, there is a chance that a quality insecticide could eliminate the problem before it causes irreversible harm. Hire an experienced tree care specialist that is trained to treat Pine Beetles to maximize your chances of success.

Remove Trees that are Heavily Infested to Avoid Spreading Beetles

Unfortunately, if you’ve just now noticed the above symptoms, it’s likely that the beetles have already done significant damage to your tree. A weakened pine tree is a dangerous hazard, and leaving the tree standing in this state could invite additional insects, fungi, and plant diseases to your yard. In many cases, tree removal is the best way to avoid exposing other trees to the Pine Beetles. Always hire a professional tree removal company, especially when dealing with tall pine trees. Incorrect or inexperienced attempts at removal could cause property damage, severe injury, downed power lines, electrocution, and in severe cases, even death. A tree removal specialist will have the training and equipment needed to bring the tree down gently, without harming surrounding people, structures, or wildlife.

Are You Afraid Pine Bark Beetles Have Invaded Your Atlanta Area Trees? Call 404-CUT-TREE

Have you been concerned that Pine Bark Beetles are affecting your Atlanta, Georgia trees? If so, call the certified arborists and tree care experts at 404-CUT-TREE today. Our team can answer all your tree care questions and will help schedule a convenient appointment with an experienced arborist near you.