Are Bugs Damaging my Trees?

There are plenty of insects that use trees for shelter or while hunting for prey. These bugs don’t typically cause any harm to the tree while temporarily inhabiting it, but the species that use trees for feeding can cause serious damage in doing so. Let’s take a look at some common tree insects in Maryland to find out how they may be threatening the health of your trees.

Defoliating Bugs

These insects cause damage to trees from the outside by eating away at buds, leaves, and flowers. Trees that bear fruit are also a common target for defoliating bugs, as they thrive off of the nutrients from the fruit. Generally, the types of insects that defoliate or chew on the outer foliage of trees are beetles and caterpillars. More specific examples of the pests that can threaten your tree’s health by feeding on its leaves or fruit include:

  • Bagworms
  • Gypsy Moths
  • Japanese Beetles
  • Tent Caterpillars
  • Leafminers
  • Cherry Fruit Worms
  • Cankerworms

Burrowing Bugs

Insects that burrow or tunnel are among the most harmful to the trees on your property. These bugs burrow deeply into branches, twigs, and even tree roots to lay their eggs. The larvae then act as a barrier that prevents the tree from being able to absorb the proper amount of nutrients and water. While they are present, they can cause minor or major damage and decay to the tree. Common burrowing inspects to look out for around your trees include:

  • Emerald Ash Borer
  • Asian Longhorned Beetle
  • Dogwood Borer
  • Bronze Birch Borer
  • Elm Bark Beetle

Proper tree pruning, mulching, and maintenance can help keep these harmful insects out of your trees.

Sucking Bugs

These insects are categorized as such due to their habit of sucking nutrients from a tree’s branches and leaves. Sucking insects tend to find a tree to feed on and establish a home there, and won’t typically migrate or move to different areas or trees. The byproduct of these bugs is honeydew, which is a sticky substance that can promote mold growth on the tree’s foliage. The insects that are known for sucking on plant juices from leaves and branches include:

  • Spider Mites
  • Aphids
  • Scale Insects
  • Thrips
  • Leafhoppers

Keep Your Trees Healthy with Nelson Tree Specialist

If you’ve noticed bugs feeding on or otherwise damaging your trees, it’s best to have a professional arborist inspect the tree and provide an expert solution. Nelson Tree Specialist is here for you when you need tree pruning, tree removal, and a variety of arborist services in Maryland. We offer effective solutions for keeping the trees on your property safe and healthy, so contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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