Dangers of Insect Infestation in Trees: Different Hazardous Insects in Texas
Texas is home to a variety of insects that have been known to cause extensive damage and destruction to trees.
Even insects that do not kill trees, can cause damage to a tree, and add stress to a tree leaving it more susceptible to other insects that can cause harm or even death to a tree.
Damaging Insects that Cause Trees to Become Susceptible to Other Insects
The fall webworm and the elf leaf beetle are two examples of insects that can do not kill trees, but damage trees, leaving them vulnerable to other insects and diseases that can destroy the trees.
While fall webworms aren’t deadly for trees, they can cause great defacing of common trees in Texas. They are common pests known to many shade and ornamental trees of Texas. It is best to keep the trees clean from fall webworms, as too many can weaken a tree.
-Elm Leaf Beetle
The elm leaf beetle is a type of beetle that feeds specifically on the elm tree. While not deadly, it can weaken the tree and make it more susceptible to other insects and dangerous diseases.
Insects That Destroy Trees
Once a tree has become weakened and stressed, other insects such as the elm bark beetle and wood boring insects are then attracted to them. These insects are attracted to weakened or stressed trees, as these trees allow them access to the softwood of the tree. Once a tree has been infected with these bugs, it is harder to control the problem – and infestation can ultimately lead to the death of the tree.
-Elm Bark Beetle
The elm bark beetle is more dangerous than the elm leaf beetle. Like the elm leaf beetle, the elm bark beetle also feeds on elm trees. An elm bark beetle infestation can kill a tree if the infestation is heavy enough. They are more commonly found in landscapes than they are in the forest. Injuries caused to trees by elm bark beetles can lead to the death of the tree. One of the first signs is defoliation. A tree that is left untreated will usually die within the year of infestation.
-Wood Boring Insects
Bark beetles and wood boring insects are especially harmful to trees. Wood boring insects lay their eggs in the tree, and when the eggs hatch; the larva feed off the wood. Wood boring insects attack different kinds of wood – hardwood, softwood, and sapwood. Wood boring insects are referred to as secondary invaders as they are attracted to the wood after it has already been infected by another disease, or been weakened by stress.
If you suspect insect infestation in your trees, contact your local tree specialists. Ability Tree Experts provides tree services for Houston Texas, and can help you to determine the best course of action and treatment for your trees.