Being able to recognize invasive insect threats is critical if you want to protect your trees. In this post, East Coast Tree Service, your expert tree care services in Reading, MA, explains more about the most dangerous bugs. 

Winter Moths

These invasive insect species defoliate your trees and spread quickly. The adults emerge toward the end of November through December. They are gray or light brown, wingless, and small.

The females lay their eggs in crevices or tree injuries. Then, the larvae hatch when spring brings the warm weather.

The larvae spread to new trees by producing silk threads. The wind catches these threads, blowing the bugs to a new tree. Then, the harmful insect invasion starts again. 

Your only defense at this point is to support the tree and apply pesticides since there are no biological invasive bug control methods. 

Emerald Ash Borer

This is one of the more serious exotic pest infestations. These bugs are a beautiful, deep emerald color, but don’t be fooled. There’s nothing pretty about the destruction they wreak.

The primary control method is to stop the transport of infected lumber. Without control measures, this insect species encroachment spreads quickly.

The beetle feasts on ash trees, so if you suspect an infestation, call us straight away. If branches fall off, leave them in place. One of the most common ways that Emerald Ash Borer spreads is through the movement of lumber. If possible, burn the branches and infected wood. 

Spotted Lantern Fly

This invasive insect hails from China, Vietnam, and India. It looks more like a moth than a fly but is neither; it has more in common with aphids and cicadas.

The adults are about an inch long, with pretty hind wings that have striking dotted red sections. The forewings are a more neutral shade with spots as well. 

Don’t let the pretty show fool you. This non-native insect invasion is severe and may result in significant destruction.

You’ll find that the coloring camouflages the adults well. They simply tuck under their red wings and blend with the background.

The eggs start out in bundles with a white coating, which turns gray as it dries out and then, eventually, becomes brown. In the end stage, the egg bundle looks like a seed pod.

What makes this invasive insect species so dangerous is that it feeds all day, focusing on its target tree. It doesn’t take long to defoliate your tree and cause irreparable harm.

Contact Our Team for a Definitive Diagnosis

Is that invasive insect something exotic or something more common, like a box tree moth? East Coast Tree Service has the answers, so call us today at 781-518-8014. We’ll send a certified arborist out to see what bug you’re dealing with and suggest the best remedies.

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