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Winter Moth

Keeping Tree & Lawn Pests in Check: Tips for Maine Homeowners

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Brown tail mothThe sun is setting earlier, there’s a nip in the air, and the leaves are starting to turn. As summer winds down we typically notice that activity on the pest front starts to slow down. This is a welcomed reprise from all those sap-sucking, egg-laying, teenie-tiny, insects that thrive on your lawn, plants, trees and shrubs.

But could some of these pests have been prevented or treated earlier? Keeping track of these pests year over year can help your plants’ health flourish.

Some of the most common pests we saw in Maine this year included:

  • Brown Tail Moth
  • Winter Moth
  • Mosquitos
  • Ticks
  • Magnolia Scale
  • Aphids
  • Spider Mites
  • Lace bugs

In many cases, the chance of these pests returning are high; mosquitoes for example, will come back year after year. If you work with the lawn, plants, shrub and tree professionals at Lucas Tree Experts they will help keep track of your pests as well as those that commonly affect your area. Having some idea of what’s affecting the health of your landscape is important and we’ve got some questions you can ask yourself to keep track. These include:

  • What was the pest?
  • What plants were impacted by this pest?
  • What signs or symptoms did you notice?
  • When did you notices the pests? Approximate date.
  • Were others in my area affected as well?
  • What was the treatment plan?
  • Did my plant recover?
  • How can I prevent this infestation next year or have earlier interference?

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Knowing what pests to look out for can be incredibly helpful. Brown Tail Moths and Winter Moths are best discovered in the fall and early winter. Treatment for these pests are early and proactive with tree banding, or months

later, in the spring. Knowing that these pests are coming can help you plan and be proactive with treatments to limit their damage. The pest control professionals at Lucas Tree Experts can help you make a plan for the season ahead. Give us a call to discuss your pests and options for the continued healt

h of your lawn, trees and shrubs.