As a homeowner, keeping your trees healthy and vibrant is a priority. However, it’s often easy to overlook potential threats posed by pests. Unfortunately, pests are nuisances that can wreak havoc on the well-being of your trees. When left undetected and untreated, they can lead to the eventual death of your beloved trees. Nature’s Select Sandhills wants to help you prevent that by letting you in on five warning signs your tree is infested.
1. Brown or Yellow Leaves
One of the first signals that your tree has fallen victim to invasive pests is yellow or brown leaves. While some species tend to shed leaves annually, the sudden appearance of yellow or brown can indicate pest infestation. These critters damage a tree’s leaves, affecting its photosynthesis process, which changes the color of leaves and hampers its growth.
2. Bored Holes in the Trunk or Branches
An infestation of pests often leads to the creation of small or large holes in the trunk or branches of a tree. These holes are created when pests, such as insects and rodents employing their mandibles, gnaw through the wood, causing a powdery residue at the tree’s base. If you start seeing holes in your tree, call us to evaluate your tree’s health evaluation and pest control measures.
3. Abundance of Bugs
Another reliable sign of a pest infestation is the presence of bugs. These pests are living organisms that multiply rapidly, and if an infestation is present, you’ll likely see many creepy-crawly bugs. Some insects may be harmless, but if you notice a big swarm, don’t hesitate to bring us in to assess the situation.
4. Stunted Tree Growth
If you’ve found that after implementing numerous tree care measures, your tree’s growth appears stunted, it may indicate that your trees have been infected with pests. Pests affect a tree’s nutrition and vibration, ultimately hampering its growth. If you’ve noticed little growth in your trees, take this as a sign your tree is infested with pests.
5. Dying or Dead Branches
Pests attacking a tree’s branch hamper its ability to receive nutrients, leading to its death. Some branches may not die immediately but will begin to wilt and show signs of decay. If you notice dying or dead branches unexpectedly, it’s crucial to seek professional help as soon as possible.
Let’s Get Rid of Those Tree Pests
Pest prevention is better than curing when it comes to tree pest infestations, and early detection goes a long way to mitigate the situation. So, if you notice a tree infested with pests on your property in Aberdeen, NC, contact Nature’s Select Sandhills at (910) 757-0359. We can also mitigate lawn pests, treat your boxwoods, and take care of lawn diseases.