Winter isn’t the time of year that we think of pest control. After all, they’re all dormant, right?
When protecting your trees from overwintering pests, you have several options. The best line of defense is being proactive.
Common Overwintering Pests
Common overwintering pests include:
- Scale insects
- Spider mites
Winter is no excuse for pests to get away with damaging your trees! These pesky critters often take refuge on the bark of small twigs,crevices, or fallen debris on the ground,so be sure to keep an eye out and control them before they cause significant infestations. Prevention now can save you a lot more work come next year!
Over the winter, signs of their presence can be minimal. But if you noticed pest activity this season or strange symptoms on your plants, give your arborist at Hansen’s Tree Service a call.
Treating Overwintering Pests
Controlling overwintering pests means healthier trees come spring. An application of horticultural oil is the best line of defense from overwintering insects and mites. Keeping the inside and outside of your home clean, keeping firewood away from the house, and getting your trees inspected and pruned by a professional ISA Certified Arborist can nip problems in the bud. This also may mean fewer treatments come spring.
Have A Comprehensive Plant Health Care Program
Have a comprehensive plant health care program available to you throughout the year to keep your trees healthy and your property safe. Our PHC Specialists will schedule visits to assess all trees and shrubs on your property-scouting for pests, diseases, and other issues affecting your landscape.
We tailor your plant health care program to your landscape’s unique needs, providing an initial evaluation of your soil, trees, and shrubs. We then use that evaluation to suggest plans of action to better care for your landscape.