Typical Tree Infestations in Mills River, NC (Part 5)
The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA) is an aphid that can be very difficult to detect for homeowners. The most common sign of infestation by these insects is a soft white substance that exists on twigs, branches, and needles. The white substance is actually the aphid’s sac and it appears similar to cotton. The most common time to find these insects is during the spring, and early summer. The pest is difficult to locate because they cover themselves in their own eggs, and bodily fluids. The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid is an interesting insect because it can produce both winged and wingless offspring. Young HWA’s are red, and brown whereas, adults are typically black and gray.
By using there incredibly powerful mouths they are able to infiltrate the tree and take in its sap. The loss of sap leads to the weakening of the tree and its structure. Young HWA’s in Mills River, NC will eat the foliage of the tree away until it is so weak that it dies. These pests can cause your tree to die in a years’ time. When dealing with infestations in Mills River, NC always use your local arborist instead of trying to remove the problem yourself. This ensures the correct removal of the pests and a reduction in what could eventually be tree removal costs.