Emerald Ash Borers, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, and Japanese Beetles are just 3 insect species that have damaged tree ecosystems throughout the US and the world. Yet learning the symptoms of their infestations can help conserve our trees and landscapes. If you want to save dying trees on your property, reach out to a professional tree service for inspection and help.
Turn to Timber Works Tree Care for inspections and treatments in Winchester, VA, and Northern Virginia. Our company maintains broad knowledge, including details on significant pests and diseases, of arboriculture and horticulture. We also perform several tree services, including land clearing, construction site preparation, forestry mulching, and more. If you need a tree service, call Timber Works today and learn how we can help.
Below, we discuss the top 5 pests that could harm the trees on your landscape:
Emerald Ash Borer
One of the most troublesome pests around, the emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive species that infests ash trees. Borers deposit their larvae inside these trees, and the young eat their way out after hatching. Their doing so causes internal damage to the trees, hampering their ability to distribute nutrients and water throughout their bodies.
Since ash trees lack a natural defense against borers, they are susceptible to infestations. Nevertheless, a professional tree care expert can spot an ash tree afflicted by EABs. Timber Works can help you by taking preventative measures to prevent infestations from spreading to the rest of your property.
Another invasive beetle species, Japanese beetles attack such trees as birch, walnut, chestnut, maple, elm, and more. This kind of beetle feeds on the leaves of the trees they infest. When left unchecked, a large population of such beetles can defoliate entire trees.
Trees with a “lace-like” appearance and empty spaces between leaf veins indicate the presence of Japanese beetles. If you notice these signs or believe there may be issues with your tree, call Timber Works Tree Care. Our arborists can detect a Japanese beetle infestation after a quick inspection and prevent any further harm to your tree.
Another problematic tree pest is the winter moth. Similar to the Emerald Ash Borer, winter moths damage trees by planting eggs in them, allowing their larvae to hatch and eat up the tree’s leaves. This defoliation disrupts the tree’s growth cycle and can even kill it.
If you notice unusual leaf loss in your trees, call your local tree experts. We can find an effective way to manage the infestation and help the tree recover.
Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
The hemlock wooly adelgid (HWA) is another pest that can cripple trees, specifically the eastern and Carolina hemlock species of trees. Heavy HWA infestations can kill trees within a few years. However, such infestations are easy to spot due to their white, wooly egg sacs that cover several branches and limbs.
Hatched HWAs leave behind thin, faded, and dying branches, usually located near the base of afflicted trees. Our tree specialists at Timber Works can control the spread and development of HWAs to protect the rest of your property.
Difficult to spot and dangerous to leave unchecked, spider mites can severely harm and even kill trees. These minuscule arachnids rapidly reproduce and grow into large populations, creating severe infestations.
They can sap a tree of its nutrients and water with their needle-like mouths, which pierce leaves and siphon fluids. As most trees have no natural defense against them, spider mites threaten hundreds of species.
You can identify spider mite infestations by the condition of a tree’s leaves. If you see leaves with speckled discolorations or a scorched appearance, the tree may have an infestation. Weak and underdeveloped trees are spider mites’ most frequent victims.
Nevertheless, tree care experts can rid trees of spider mites. Rely on Timber Works to help your trees remain healthy and strong, deterring mortality due to harmful pests.
Timber Works Tree Care: Dying Tree Removal in Winchester, VA
Timber Works Tree Care is dedicated to protecting trees from harmful pest infestations, including emerald ash borers, winter moths, spider mites, and others. We stay up to date in all areas of arboriculture, especially significant tree diseases and pest infestations. Our team offers dying tree removal, stump grinding, land clearing, and more. If you need a tree service to help treat or remove an infested tree in your landscape, contact us at (540) 692-9606 and learn more about us today.