Mountain Pine Beetle Control
Just like the hemlock woolly adelgid have been killing off hemlock trees, the mountain pine beetle is capable of destroying miles and miles of forest and kills pine trees off with ease. The recent outbreak of the mountain pine beetle has wiped out wide areas of pine forests. The mountain pine beetle destroys ponderosa, white bark, lodge pole, Scotch, jack pine and limber pine trees. Trees that are older in age, have poor growing conditions, are experiencing drought, been effected by fire or experiencing root disease are more likely to be attacked by the mountain pine beetle. Due to the weakness of trees in these situations, their chances of surviving an attack from the mountain pine beetle are little to none.
Mountain Pine Beetles Destroy Forests as well as Trees in Parks and Backyards
Although the mountain pine beetle is responsible for significant amounts of forest damage, they have also been known to invade trees in parks and backyards as well. The mountain pine beetle gains access to trees within the community by imported infested fire wood. These mountain pine beetles first attack the weakest trees around and once they begin to grow larger in number, they take down the strongest of trees. Unfortunately the mountain pine beetle is difficult to eliminate, especially once they have grown in numbers and taken over large amounts of forest.
Signs of Mountain Pine Beetle Infestations
There are some signs to look for when trying to detect if there is a possible infestation of the mountain pine beetle. Look for popcorn shaped resin on the trunk of the trees, this is where the mountain pine beetle will tunnel into the tree. These pitch tubes are usually pink, brown or white in color and found at the base of the tree trunks. Another sign is the presence of dust near cracks of the tree or at the base of the trunk. Holes from wood peckers feeding on the tree can also be another indicator that the tree has been infested with the mountain pine beetle.
Presence of Live Mountain Pine Beetle Larvae
The most certain indicator that a tree has been infested and invaded by the mountain pine beetle is the presence of live larvae or eggs on the tree. Blue stained sap wood is another sign that the tree is now home to a large number of mountain pine beetles. If you have a species of tree in your yard like the ponderosa, jack pine, limber pine or other species that these beetles are attracted to, conduct a thorough inspection for any of these signs. Contact RAM Pest Control to help eliminate the presence of mountain pine beetles and other pests.