If you head out into the summer night, you’ll probably hear the ringing of local insects. The cicadas are quite loud this year. But are these pests actually pestering your trees? Let’s take a look at which creepy crawlies you should worry about and which are perfectly fine.
Cicadas Shouldn’t Be an Issue
Though these bugs may be loud, they’re pretty harmless all around. Even if you see a string of their molted shells on your tree’s trunk, an established, older tree will be perfectly fine. Cicadas are mostly interested in mating and when the females lay their eggs, they will burrow into smaller twigs and branches to do so. Older trees can handle this sort of business, but if you have younger trees with more delicate branches, you may want to be more careful.
Aphids Can Spell Big Trouble
Aphids are also known as tree lice and they can cause some major issues for your trees. These little bugs will feed on the sap of your trees until the tree is overrun. Eventually, the tree will likely die. You should do your best to get a tree expert out to take a look at your trees if you think there are aphids running wild.
Emerald Ash Borers are Destroyers
As one of the most destructive bugs on this list, the regal-looking emerald ash borer is truly the king of destruction. These bugs are shiny, green, and tree-destroying machines. If you already have them on your trees, it is unlikely that you will be able to save them. It will be best to have the trees removed as they will soon be dead.
Are Bugs Killing Your Trees?
If you’re having issues with bugs on your trees, we can help. Nelson Tree Specialist offers a complete solution to tree care, so contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.