When it comes to tree pest management, the problem needs to be identified before attempting a solution. Once the parasite or disease has been identified, a pest control applicator can be used to save the tree’s life. To correctly diagnose a problem, you need to contact a professional and experienced tree parasite treatment service company.
1-Two-Tree Trimming has years of experience, achieving a high skill level when it comes to identifying, diagnosing and treating infected trees. Trust your trees to the experts; we will assess your needs and give your trees the treatment they require.
Tree Pests, Parasites, and Diseases in Texas
Trees can be affected by a variety of diseases, parasites, and pests. At 1-Two-Tree Trimming, we have years of experience and have come across a vast range of problems on various types of trees. We are experienced in dealing with the most common problems found in Texas and know exactly how to address the issue.
Common parasites and pests to Texas trees include Twig Girdling Beetles, Elm Leaf Beetle, Leaf-Cutting Beetles, Fall Webworm, Giant Bark Aphids, Tree Borers and Barklice. Trees can also become infected with fungi or diseases such as Bacterial Leaf Scorch, Oak Decline, Oak Wilt and Mealy Oak Gall.
A weak or stressed tree is more vulnerable to pests, parasites, and diseases.
Any minor damage to a weak tree from cutting or pruning creates a vector for fungi, bacteria, diseases, and viruses to enter the tree.
Some of the most common symptoms of infected trees include a white powder-like substance on the leaves, insect or pest populations, abnormal leaf shape and color, vast areas with missing leaves, discolored bark, and non-seasonal leaf drop.
There are numerous causes of poor tree health, and it can be down to a combination of factors.
In most cases, a parasite manifestation occurs due to environmental issues or poor tree maintenance practices like over pruning, topping, soil removal, inadequate irrigation, too much water, improper fertilization and incorrect use of herbicides and pesticides.
All of these factors can contribute to poor tree health.
Common Texas Tree Insects
- Aphids: Aphids are small insects which suck on the sap of the tree, and they are very prevalent in Texas. Aphids can quickly grow in number, causing damage to the tree by feeding on the plant and secreting honeydew, which attracts mold and other insects like ants.
- Webworms: Webworms commonly build large webs, each containing a lot of worms. They remove the foliage from the areas where they build their webs, and while webworms mostly cause aesthetic damage, they can weaken the tree and make it more susceptible to other diseases.
- Boring insects: Boring insects are one of the most devastating problems to trees as they will take advantage of a weak area and bore inside the tree to feed on it. If these insects are left untreated, they can bore their way to the core of the bark, severely weakening the tree.
Ball Moss Removal
Ball moss, while not harmful to your tree, so they say, all you have to do is look up in an Oak tree that is infested and you can see the damage it does to the tree limbs. The ball moss also can be very unsightly, which is why we recommend removing it from your trees during regular tree pruning and trimming.
Ball moss is not a parasite, as it is a type of plant called an epiphyte, and doesn’t use the nutrients of the tree to survive, it uses sunlight and moisture from the air instead.
Ball moss is also quite different from mistletoe, which is a parasite and takes nutrients from the tree.
1-Two-Tree Trimming will always remove mistletoe and ball moss from your trees, as mistletoe is a parasite, and ball moss, while not harmful, can end up damaging your tree.
When ball moss is left unattended, it continues to grow and can create an excess of shade, making it harder for your tree to grow.
If you want any more information about parasite treatment, contact 1-Two-Tree Trimming via our website or call us on 210-776-8746. We can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment, making sure you have healthy and thriving trees.