Pests can ruin your landscaping and destroy the health of the trees in your yard. On ongoing pest infestation can make it necessary to cut established trees down. Our tree care experts at Complete Landscaping in Tucson share their advice for spotting the signs of pests in your trees and what you can do about it.
What kinds of pests should I look for?
There are hundreds of pests that affect trees in every climate, but a few of the most prevalent include:
- Asian long horned beetles
- Pine beetles
- Cedar rust
- Thousand cankers disease
- Dutch Elm disease
- Emerald ash borers
How can I check for pests?
While signs can vary based on the type of pest affecting your trees, the initial signs of an infestation will usually appear on the leaves. You may notice discoloration, holes, strange leaf sizes, thinning foliage, and other signs of damage.
You’ll also be able to spot pest damage on branches, trunks, and bark. Lifting roots, holes in bark, frass (wood shavings produced by boring insects), and decreased growth are surefire signs of a pest infestation.
If you’re unsure whether what you’re seeing is pest damage, please feel free to contact our team at Complete Landscaping. One of our arborists can look at your trees and identify any potential pest problems or other harmful issues.
What should I do if a tree is infested?
If you can see that one or more of your trees is infested by pests, contact us right away. The damage will only continue without professional intervention. It may also be a good idea to take photos of the visible damage to show to our landscaping crew. You may also need to report it to your state department of agriculture in case it is an invasive species that could spread to other trees in your area.
Protect your lawn and trees from pests with our professional landscaping services at Complete Landscaping in Tucson, AZ. For more information on our outdoor services or to request a free estimate for your project, call (520) 323-8918.