Six Common Insect Infestations In Trees You Should Know How To Recognize

If you're trying to keep well maintained trees on your property, you should know how to recognize any imminent problems that could lead to large scale devastation. Insect infestations are by far the most significant cause of tree disease and death.

The following are six common insect infestations that you should be aware of and know how to recognize to keep your trees healthy:

Mite infestation

Mites can infest not only trees, but also many other types of plant. Your trees will be particularly at risk of developing a mite infestation if you live in an area with a warm climate and relatively dry air.

Mites infest a tree and feed on it by sucking the juices out of its leaves. As such, you can expect a tree with a mite infestation to display foliage that is discolored and eventually falls off.

Lace bug infestation

The type of trees that lace bugs tend to infest include evergreens with broad leaves. Some examples are rhododendron or andromeda evergreens. The earlier you detect an infestation of lace bugs, the easier it will be to get rid of.

When lace bugs have infested a tree, you'll begin to see a distinctive yellow-silver color on the top of its leaves.

Scale insect infestations

If you've got conifers or hardwoods growing on your property, you could some day deal with a scale insect infestation.

This type of insect infestation is indicated by leaf and shoot growth that looks peculiar and leaves that become yellow or red well before the fall season arrives.

Tent caterpillar infestation

Caterpillars can wreak havoc on the health of a tree. They can lead the way for other insect infesters as well, by weakening the health of a tree so that it has trouble fighting off second infestations.

The most common symptom of a caterpillar infestation is the appearance of many yellow, silky-looking cocoons. 

Borer infestation

A common second infester, borers thrive on weakened trees that they can easily burrow into and lay eggs inside. 

Avoid infestation from caterpillars and other insect pests to protect against further damage from a borer infestation.

Hemlock woolly Adelaide infestation

A hemlock woolly Adelaide infestation will eventually kill an entire tree if it is not treated. Hemlock woolly Adelaides are one of the most common kinds of insect tree pest out there.

If this insect has infested a tree, the appearance of white waxy deposits around the tree will be noted. This is the primary symptom of hemlock woolly Adelaide infestation.

For more information about infestation consider contacting a Certified Arborist service, like R. L. Elliott Enterprises, Inc.