Insect & Disease
Insects and diseases can infest your trees, weakening them and increasing the chance of failure. We can help keep your trees clear of insects and disease so you don’t have to worry about those pests endangering your trees’ health.
Emerald Ash Bore (EAB)
This invasive insect is bright, metallic green, about 1/2? long with a flattened back. It has purple abdominal segments under its wing covers. The EAB can fit on the head of a penny. Left untreated it will kill your trees.
These insects target primarily hardwoods and conifers. Scale insects feed on plant sap. Scale feeding slowly reduces plant vigor; heavily infested plants grow poorly and may suffer dieback of twigs and branches.
Aphids are small and pearl shaped. An infestation can cause yellow discoloration, leaf curl and defoliation of plants. Aphids are the most common insects found on trees, shrubs, and garden ornamental plants
Lace bugs target broad spectrum of tree and shrub species. Lace bugs suck leaf sap. Early detection is the key to getting rid of an infestation. Look for yellow-silver stippling on the topsides of leaves.
Mites pose a serious threat a wide variety of plants, and can seriously impact the visual appearance of a plant. Mites favor warm, dry climates, and are an extremely serious issue for many homeowners.
Caterpillars can weaken many trees and shrubs, increasing the chance of a secondary infestation. Tent caterpillars tend to eat all of the leaves on one branch before moving on to the next.
Borers are attracted to unhealthy trees, burrowing in and laying eggs inside the trunk. Once these members of the insect world settle in, they can be very difficult to dislodge, making prevention of infestations a priority for people who want to avoid damage caused by boring insects.
Many trees are susceptible to a variety of diseases, such as Dutch elm disease, Oak wilt s, Armillaria, and Anthracnose. We can take some preventative measures to help protect your trees for years to come.
Dutch Elm Disease (DED)
DED is a fungus that results in clogging of vascular tissues, preventing water movement to the crown and causing visual symptoms as the tree wilts and dies.
Is a fungal disease that can quickly kill an oak tree. The fungus is spread from diseased to healthy trees by insect vectors or via connections between tree roots. Management of the disease consists mainly of preventing infection by avoiding tree wounds and removing diseased trees. Chemical treatments are available and are mostly preventive as well.
The fungi affect many species of deciduous trees.
Small tan, brown, black, or tarlike spots appear on infected leaves.
Quite common on both hardwood and conifer wood in forests. The mycelium attacks the sapwood and is able to travel great distances under the bark or between trees in the form of black rhizomorphs .