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How to Help a Tree With a Serious Pest Problem

Trees can attract pests. Not only are pests unsightly, but they can also do serious damage to your trees. The good news is that there are several things that you can do in order to handle a pest problem.

How to Help a Tree With a Serious Pest Problem

Inspect Your Tree

The only way that you can know for sure if you have a pest problem is to inspect the tree. Dead wood, slow growth, peeling bark and wilting are some of the signs that indicate you have a pest problem. You may also notice fungus if there is serious decay in the tree. Note anything that may seem abnormal so you can accurately report your tree’s condition to an expert for proper treatment.

Remove Areas That Are Already Dead

If there are areas on the tree that are already dead, then it is a good idea for you to remove them. Smaller branches can sometimes be removed by the owner, but larger ones should be handled by tree care experts to avoid injury to yourself or to the tree. Removing these dead parts can prevent the disease from spreading to other parts of the tree. However, if central parts of the trunk are dead, you may have to consider getting the tree removed entirely. The hope is to be able to catch and cure the problem before you get to that point.

Perform Pest Control

Your tree will need pest control. There are many products on the market today that can eliminate a pest problem. However, it is best for you to hire a professional. A professional will be able to correctly identify the pests and create an effective treatment plan. Bark spray, injection, canopy spray and trunk injections are some of the things that can be used in order to get rid of pests. These treatments will not only get rid of the pest problem, but they can also keep it from coming back.

Perform Tree Maintenance

Because pests can be destructive, it is important for you to do everything that you can to prevent future infestations. Trees that are healthy will be able to naturally defend themselves against pests. You will need to trim your tree on a regular basis. You will also need to apply the appropriate type and amount of fertilizer if the tree is struggling to get necessary nutrients from the available soil.

You will also want to watch for damage to the bark that could allow pests in and seal up the exposed areas. Otherwise, pests have direct access to the softer inside of your tree and can make short work of it.

A pest infestation can ruin your tree. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can handle it. You will need to inspect your tree in order to see if it has an infestation. You will also need to remove the areas that are already dead. Furthermore, you should hire a professional who can perform pest control and tree maintenance.


Author Bio:  Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.


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