Tree pests, such as insects and mites, can cause problems for your trees. What may start out appearing as superficial damage can eventually become a hazard to your home if left untreated. Here are some signs you can look for to catch a pest problem early so you can reach out to an arborist for help.
Speckled, Dull Leaves
If you notice your leaves looking dry and dull, there is a possibility you may be dealing with a mite infestation. Mites feed off the juices within the plant, and this takes away nutrients that are needed to keep your plant lively and green.
Scale insects, which are a common tree pest in Arizona, can cause white spots on your tree branches and leaves. No, they are not leaving anything behind; those spots are the bugs themselves. Like mites, they feed off the fluid inside plants. Usually, by the time they are spotted, the tree or shrub is very weak, but if you are watching for these spots, there is a chance to save your tree.
Another common sign of tree pests is growths that look like woolly mold. What you are seeing is a colony of insects such as scale or aphids. Their egg sacks can also appear as cotton growing from the tree. Just like other insects, aphids can leach moisture away from your tree, causing lasting damage.
Whether you observe black mold or sticky sap-like substance on your shrub or tree, this is an indication that there is a pest problem. These are excretions from pests left behind after they have feasted on your plant.
If you’re concerned about tree pests, the certified arborists at Complete Landscaping can help with all your tree needs. Find out about all our arborist and landscaping services in Tucson by calling (520) 323-8918.