DISEASE & INSECT TREATMENT
Through the years of providing tree care and other services in the Colorado Springs area, our team of tree experts have seen an array of issues with all types and species of trees. If you suspect an insect problem or that your tree is diseased, contact us.
One of our certified arborists can visit your property and evaluate your tree. They will run tests and make observations to determine the underlying problem with your tree. Once known, our team will devise a plan for treatment or recommend tree removal. Unfortunately, there are some situations where removal is the best option, as the problem may be affecting the stability of the tree in question.
Keeping trees healthy is more than just a matter of pruning off dead branches and making sure they get enough sun. Like all plants, trees can also fall prey to disease and insect damage. Read on to find out about a few of the most common types of tree disease and insect infestations to see if it might be time to enlist some professional help.
Most Common Tree Diseases and Insects
Ash Borer Disease
Native Tree insect populations are usually controlled by nature. Unfortunately, when invasive insects like the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) arrive in Colorado from abroad, there are no native predators around to control them. The results can be devastating.
Signs of EAB disease include seeing cream-colored larvae or adult EABs, which are metallic green and around the size of a grain of rice, on or around ash trees. These pests also feed on the ash trees’ canopies and leave small, D-shaped holes in their bark. If the problem is left unchecked, a tree with disease will eventually die, so call an arborist immediately.
Mountain Pine Beetles
Mountain pine beetles (MPBs) are to pine trees what EABs are to ash trees. They cause devastating damage, killing thousands of trees each year. Since these insects act quickly, it’s best for Colorado property owners to take preventative action instead of waiting until they notice signs of an infestation.
The best thing to do is to call a tree service to help with maintenance. They can thin stands by removing susceptible trees, apply sprays to healthy trees, and ensure proper pruning and spacing of all pine trees on the property.
Ips Bark Beetles
Also called engraver beetles, Ips bark beetles also preferentially attack pine trees. Stressed trees are particularly prone to attacks, so adequate watering, fertilizing, mulching, and pruning are all essential preventative measures. Look for signs of Ips beetles, such as sawdust being expelled from the trunk of pine or spruce trees, and call to have them treated or removed before the pests can spread.
Other Insects and Diseases
Other issues that may require tree disease treatment include diseases like powdery mildew, anthracnose, cytospora canker, fire blight, and Dutch elm disease. There are also dozens of other insects that can prey on weak or damaged trees. The best course of action for any property owner who believes his or her trees are being affected by disease or insects is to call an arborist immediately.