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Are Caterpillars Eating My Trees?

Have you noticed tiny black pellets all over your deck or driveway from your Oak tree? This could be a number of different types of caterpillars or web worms that tend to infect oak, Maple, ash trees In the area. We have made a list below of the three most common types of caterpillars and how to combat them.

Webworms

If you have noticed large webs on your tree branches in Norcross encasing the leaves like spiderwebs, this could be an indicator of Webworm. Web worms in Norcross are really just caterpillars that can with webs like spiders around the foliage and seed on all of the leaves. This could put your tree under stress and cause leaf loss or leaf drop. You can spot the web worms by either black and red head and green body lined with stripes. The best way to get rid of web worms is to consult a certified Arborist in Norcross to provide a treatment plan for your trees to prevent them from coming back later in the season. However you can purchase something called dormant oil at your local garden store which will kill the eggs of the web worms themselves. However, if The oil does not prevail, a certified Arborist from North American Tree Service will have to spray the tree with a heavier insecticide in order to kill all of the eggs. Performing proper pruning techniques on your tree regularly can prevent web worms from taking over all together.


Spiny Oak Worms

If you have noticed I brown and black caterpillar with the bright yellow stripes and spikes on its back you might have a case of the spiny oak worms! These common little past turn black as they mature and they tend to feed on newly sprouted leaves. In order to read your trees of these oak worms, a certified Arborist from North American Tree Service will have to spray bio-pesticide in spring while the caterpillars are active in order to prevent a re-occurrence.


Leafrollers

Leaf rollers are small caterpillar‘s that are green or brown and have small heads. These caterpillars, like web worms, also spin webs but they use these waves to tie their foliage into a feeding area. Leaf rollers can’t devour an entire tree ever time so it is important that you address the entire station while it is still early. A certified Arborist in Norcross will recommend a treatment plan for your tree to prevent another infestation of the leaf rollers, as they can cause permanent damage on your oak trees over time. However, removing all of the branches and leaves that contain the webbing can significantly reduce the number of leaf rollers that are on your Oak trees in Norcross.

These are just a couple of different types of caterpillars and pass that commonly affect oak trees in Norcross, However if your tree is showing signs of disease, leaf drop, yellowing, holes, etc. it is important that you contact your local certified Arborist to have your trees evaluated properly and professionally by tree experts.If you have any questions about these past or your trees, please call the office using the link below to receive a free estimate on your trees!


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Are Woodpeckers Damaging My Trees?

You’ll definitely know if you have a woodpecker problem due to their loud, annoying pecking nature. Woodpeckers can be a major nuisance to you and your neighbors and can cause severe damage to your trees. Pecking at the cambium layers of the tree can open it up to insects and disease very quickly, ending in the death of your tree if it isn’t treated properly.

Why are they pecking my tree?

Woodpeckers forage for insects in the trunk and branches of trees that are ALREADY declining. Yep, that means you not only have a woodpecker problem in Lilburn but more importantly you have a tree that is already infested with insects the woodpecker is going after. This doesn’t always mean there are insects in the trees as some woodpeckers go after the sap in the trees as well as build homes, store food, etc. However its best to have the tree properly assessed by a certified Arborist in Lilburn in order to identify and treat the actual cause of their presence.

How can I prevent woodpeckers from damaging my tree?

There are multiple ways to tackle a woodpecker problem but first things first, DO NOT KILL THE WOODPECKER. They are usually protected by federal law and you WILL be heavily fined if you get caught. Plus, killing animals that can be easily deterred in other ways just isn’t very cool.

-A fully insured tree care company will carry products they can spray on the tree, if the woodpecker is the only problem to eliminate it.

-If the tree is small enough, wrapping the tree in bird netting to prevent them from getting back to the holes they have made.

-An old well known remedy is to put reflective objects such as mirrors close to the tree to frighten them away. Other decoys such as hawks or other animals might keep them away from your trees as well.

-Contact North American Tree Service and have your trees assessed in Lilburn by a certified Arborist to detect any signs of decay or disease in order to properly treat them!

Can I repair the damage to save the tree?

Depending on the size of the damage, the best thing to do for the tree is just leave it alone to heal and make sure you get in contact with North American Tree Service to ensure the rest of the bugs, if any are removed from the tree to prevent further infestations. Filling the large holes made by the woodpecker can actually trap the diseases inside the tree preventing it from being able to heal itself all together. A certified Arborist from North American Tree Service will most likely apply a fungicide to the tree and cover it with sterilized mesh.

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