Typical Tree Infestations in Fletcher, NC (Part 2)
The Balsam Wooly Adelgid is as dangerous as it is hard to pronounce. These incredibly small aphids will only target conifers. They use there extremely sharp teeth to break through the structure of the tree and absorb nutrients. More specifically they go straight after the trees sap. Although these pests are more rare in Fletcher, NC they have been seen from time to time. The Black Turpentine Beetle is another dangerous pest to residents of Fletcher, NC. The beetle is found typically attached to pine trees, and can be treated with sprays. Preventing outbreaks of these pests is essential to protecting not just one but all of your trees.
The Douglas Fir Tussock Moth is found most easily in the end of the spring season. The larvae that hatch in this time can be found feeding on the tree. The clearest sign of this infestation is the browning of the tree, and its subsequent weakening. The Moths will target the leaves of the trees crown, where they will start at the top and work their way down, and outwards. The male moths are usually gray, brown, and black with antennae’s, and white dots. The female moth however, is typically gray and has a darker and larger abdomen.