Category Archives: Insects

Bagworms are Back!

Bagworms are back!

These invasive insects look like cone-shaped sacs that can sometimes be mistaken for pine cones. The sacs look like cocoons that hang from the tree branches. These cocoons or sacs contain bagworm eggs and once they hatch, they will begin to dine on the leaves and needles of your trees and shrubs. A heavy infestation on evergreens can cause extensive die-back and even death to the plant. Bagworms are  fond of a variety of trees such as blue spruce, cedars, white pines and junipers. On deciduous trees, bagworms will strip the leaves, leaving only bare branches.

Left untreated, bagworms can defoliate branches, causing branch die-back and eventually kill the shrub or tree. The best defense against bagworms is an insecticide spray application. If the outbreak is severe, a second application may be required.

 

 

Japanese Beetles and Scale are Back!

Just about this time last year, we were starting to see a number of trees and shrubs with Japanese beetles. Japanese beetles seem to appear overnight and can defoliate a shrub within hours and a tree within days.

Easy to distinguish by their opalescent head and copper-colored body, they emerge in early June from their larvae stage and immediately seek out food. Once they start to dine on the leaves of their host, the damaged leaves emit an odor that attracts even more beetles. Japanese beetles prey on a variety of trees and shrubs, but favorites are linden, crabapple, apple, Norway maple, pin oaks, birch, fruit trees and rose bushes.

Response time to treat your trees and shrubs should be immediate. If you see signs of Japanese beetles in your landscape, contact your local Arbor Masters to treat your trees and shrubs … Read More »

Emerald Ash Borer; the War Continues

Meet The Emerald Ash Borer

It has been fourteen years since the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in the U.S. To date, it has killed over twenty-five million ash trees in twenty-one states and caused millions of dollars in tree loss. Known for its iridescent green body, the Emerald Ash Borer only preys on ash trees.

How do I tell if my Ash Tree is Infected?

The signs of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation are fairly easy to recognize. The distinct signs of an infected tree are:

“D” shaped exit holes Canopy die-back Volunteer growth at the base of the infected ash tree “S” trails left by the Emerald Ash Borer located underneath the bark

Unfortunately by the time these signs are noticed, the Emerald Ash Borer has already caused extensive damage and the health of the tree has been compromised.

How do I Protect my Ash Trees?

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Battling Spring Pests

It’s spring and flowers are starting to pop up, trees are beginning to leaf out and insects are starting to invade your landscape.

What is attacking my landscape?

Chiggers, fleas and ticks can be found throughout your landscape. The most threatening of these insects are ticks. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, which can cause devastating health issues in both people and pets. Experts recommend a pesticide treatment which can help control ticks in your landscape.

While chiggers and flea bites rarely result in health problems, their bite can cause extensive itching, redness and tenderness at the bite mark. Fleas can be brought into the house via pets and lay eggs in your carpet. A pesticide application to your landscape will help control the flea population in your yard and keep them out of your home!

So how do you keep these biting insects out … Read More »

Spring Is Right Around the Corner

Spring is Just Around the Corner

With the exception of a few cold days and a few snow falls this year, the Midwest has had a warmer than usual winter. Hopefully spring is not too far behind!

While it is still too early to start planting, you can prepare your landscape for spring growth.

Late February and March are the ideal time to prune fruit trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses. Pruning trees and shrubs now while trees are still dormant will promote new growth and allow pruned areas to heal before the tree starts to bloom in spring. Prevent weeds such as crabgrass, foxtail and broadleaf from overtaking your lawn with an early pre-emergent application. A pre-emergent works on the weed seeds that may over winter in your lawn and prohibits them from germinating in the spring. Maintain the health of your ash trees and … Read More »
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