Moths, beetles, and certain types of worms can burrow their way into tree trunks or chew on leaves and branches, carrying diseases and leaving your trees exposed to the elements. Learn to recognize the signs of an infestation early so you can invest in proper tree care solutions, either to save the plant or have it removed before others on your property are infected.
How to Spot Pests in Your Trees
1. Thinning Foliage
If insects expose your tree to disease, it can impact the tree’s ability to grow new leaves and branches. You might notice a few dead branches on one side or slower growth than you’ve had in years past. The issue may be accompanied by discoloration and deformed leaves.
2. Holes in the Trunk or Leaves
Depending on the type of insect infestation you’re dealing with, they might chew holes in your leaves or bore into the trunk. Keep an eye out for visible holes in both of these spots, especially if there are multiple holes in one area. Issues with leaves are generally more noticeable, but inspect the trunk once in a while as well.
If you see an insect chewing on your leaves or boring into your tree, try to get a good look at it or take a photo if possible. This will help you determine what type of insect you’re dealing with so you can decide if tree care is still viable or if the entire plant needs to be removed.
If you need any help with pest identification, trimming, or removal services, call the professionals at Sherwood’s Tree Service in Honolulu, HI. The tree care and landscaping contractor has served local residents and business owners since 1974. The family-owned and -operated company is knowledgeable and fully qualified to work with native Hawaiian trees, helping customers keep their properties in top shape throughout the year. View a full list of the tree care services available on the company’s website, or call (808) 537-9705 to make an appointment.