Tips on preventing pests in trees for spring

Experts share tips in preventing pests - KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - With spring comes the expectation of warmer weather but that also means creepy crawlers will start popping up as well.

Little beetle like bugs called borers enter the trunks of already wounded trees, lay their eggs inside, and as the temperature warms up they will come out creating holes in the tree.

Smith’s Gardentown manager and pest expert Michael Fiore said, “borers can actually get in and kill trees of any size.”

The trees that are especially at risk are the ones that are already under stress from harsh weather conditions.

Fiore said a few years ago during the major drought in Wichita Falls, trees experienced a lot of stress. Many of them were invaded by borers. “We had a huge issue with borers. We’re still seeing lingering side-affects from that,” Fiore stated.

The good news is there is a way to get rid of them and stop them from damaging your trees.

“Really the only way to prevent them or treat them is by doing a systemic insecticide drench,” Fiore recommends, “When those borders try to feed on the tree then they’ll get eliminated.”

Homeowners can do it themselves on their own trees or they can hire a company that has a license to treat trees.

“If you have a healthy tree you haven’t seen any damage on it, there’s no reason to believe that there’s borers in it you may not have to treat your tree. But if you are starting to see damage to your tree – if you’re starting to see borer holes – it might be a good idea to go ahead and prevent this season to keep any more damage from happening,” Fiore said.

Tree owners are also being advised to treat their trees with insecticide every few months or so in order to keep them healthy and keep pests away throughout the year.

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