Insects That Can Harm A Tuliptree – And How To Get The Problem Under Control

Tuliptrees are renowned for the tulip-like flowering in the spring and the yellow-gold leaves changing in the fall. The beautiful trees are quite large with maximum heights between 80 and 100 feet. The sheer size makes it difficult to diagnose potential insect infestations with a simple glance. Using a tree care service regularly can help diagnose an infestation early in the process and pave the way for treatment and your tree's recovery.

What are some of the insects that can harm a tuliptree – and how can you get the problem under control?  

Tuliptree Aphid

Aphids are moderate-sized, rounded insects with long mouthparts that are used to burrow through the tree material. Tuliptree aphids trail a honeydew substance during feeding. The honeydew can drip onto the bark, leaves, or surrounding ground. A sooty mold can then form on the honeydew, which creates an unattractive cosmetic tree disease.

Treating an aphid infestation early on can prevent the sooty mold problem from developing or from worsening to the point of losing leaves from the tree prematurely.

The good news is that aphids aren't particularly tiny and are fairly easy to see when feeding on the tree. You can call in a tree care service to simply manually remove the aphids present. Often a strong spray of water is enough to remove the aphids

But aphids can also create an environment where other insects can thrive particularly ants. In those cases, you might want to call in a pest control company for chemical treatments.

Tuliptree Scales

Tuliptree scales are tiny oval insects that reproduce and create larvae-like offspring called crawlers. The crawlers burrow into the bark and eat through the bark and underlying tree material.

The scales can create the same honeydew problem as aphids. Scales can also make the tree more vulnerable to ant, wasp, and moth infestations. A severe scale infestation can also create a series of warts on the surface of the bark. 

Call in a tree care or pest control service to take care of the aphid problem before it advances. Early treatment can prevent the onset of sooty mold, reduce the chance of concurrent insect infestations, and prevent the warts from forming on the bark.

Gypsy Moth

Tuliptrees are fairly resistant to gypsy moth infestations – but only if there isn't an outbreak in the area. Gypsy moths are particularly invasive so outbreaks aren't uncommon. The moths aggressively feed on the leaves of the tree. After longstanding defoliation, the weakened tree becomes more vulnerable to other insects and diseases and can end up severely injured. An injured, ailing tree can only be helped by calling in a tree removal service for tree and stump removal.

A tree service or pest control company can help treat the gypsy moth infestation with chemical controls. The service should continue to monitor the tree both for a return of moths and the onset of tree diseases due to the weakening. The service will also need to let the local governmental agriculture program know about the moth infestation since the insects can take over forested areas and decimate a decent portion of the trees over time. Contact a business, such as the Buskirk Tree Service, for more information.