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Pine Bark Beetle Treatment Atascocita
Atascocita Arborist offers our clients the most effective methods for managing Pine Bark Beetles. Our proprietary system for tree trunk injections is unlike any other. The Drill, Plug, and Injection methods are more effective than any other method available. Pine Bark Beetles are aggressive and fast colonizers. By the time you notice that your Pine tree has beetle activity, it could possibly be too late! Stay vigilant for signs of beetle activity and call a certified arborist if any activity is present. Even though Pine Bark Beetles are the size of a grain of rice, from the moment of infestation, it can take as little as 14 days for a Pine tree to die.
What is a Pine Bark Beetle?
The Southern Pine Bark Beetle is a small insect that attacks pine trees. They are attracted to trees that are experiencing high amounts of stress due to drought, flooding, neglect etc. The Southern Pine Bark Beetle is approximately the size of a grain of rice and bores a small hole through the bark and into the vascular layers of the Pine tree. These layers allow the flow of nutrients from the roots to the canopy of the tree (like our veins and arteries). Although small, the Southern Pine Bark Beetle attacks the tree in large numbers, the number of bore holes in the Pine can reach up to the thousands. Ultimately, the vascular layer of the tree is so disrupted, that essential nutrients are no longer able to reach the tree foliage and then the tree dies. This can take as little as 14 days from the time the Pine Bark Beetle enters the tree. By the time you notice the infestation, it may have already been 10 days or more.
How does Atascocita Arborist Manage these Pest?
A small plug called an ArborPlug is directly inserted into a drill hole around the base of the tree. A specialized needle is then inserted into the Arbor-plug and formula is injected into the vascular system of the tree. The formulation is then dispersed throughout the trunk, branches and leaf tissue. The ArborPlus keeps the injected formulation inside the tree, protects the drill hole, and remains in the tree without adverse effects. In time the tree grows right over the plug.
Why is this Method Beneficial?
Once applied, there is no mess left behind. There are no chemicals that are left in the yard or air so it is safe for your children and your pets. The treatment is highly effective and backed by proven university trials. The product used lasts for 2 years and its long lasting effects will ensure the safety of your trees from pest for the following years.
What are NOT Suitable Methods?
Spraying the Trees: Spraying a tree is only effective for pests that actually come in contact with the insecticide. Pine Bark Beetles are embedded deep inside the tree, so spraying would not be beneficial. Spraying will also kill desirable insects such as butterflies, honey bees, ladybugs and others. Spraying insecticides in not legal near waterways and is toxic to native fish. It can also be extremely messy and will wash off during periods of rain.
What does it Cost?
Application cost is dependent on the amount of product used, trunk diameter and labor for application. Contact Atascocita Arborist today to schedule your consultation by calling 281-713-4747 or you can fill out our online contact form.
We advise homeowners to adopt preventative measures by identifying the causes for a Pine Bark Beetle attack.
Prevention is key when it comes to Pine Bark beetles. There are a few precautionary measures that you can take to prevent beetle entry and infestation. They are:
- Act diligently before the active season Pine Bark beetles begins! Peak season for beetle activity is from March to October, however, they can remain active throughout winter.
- Homeowners that have Pine trees need to keep a close eye out for browning needles. When a tree becomes stressed, it will produce a higher quantity of Pine cones. This is a symptom that you must not overlook.
- If a fine granular or fuzzy like sawdust appears at the base of your tree, you MUST call us immediately! When pitch tubes appear, they resemble small crawfish mounds protruding from the trunk of your tree. Once pitch tubes are present, it may be too late to save your tree, so call us immediately.
- Specializing in full service tree care for more than 20 years, Atascocita Arborist is always the first name that comes to mind for homeowners across Atascocita.
Contact us today at 281-713-4747 for our affordable tree services in Atascocita including preventative measures to fight Pine Bark beetle attacks. You can also fill out our online contact form and let us know what you are looking for. We will be there to assist you and your trees in Atascocita.