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Maine Lawn Care & Pest Control Update: July

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Maine tree care: Hemlock pests and fungusSeeing some pest damage in your coniferous trees but not sure what’s happening? In Maine, there are some common culprits. Most pests are hard to spot due their tiny size but as they nibble your trees, shrubs and lawns, they leave obvious signs of their unwanted presence. Before they completely empty out the buffet, make sure you know what you’re dealing with and contain the infestation without an over application of chemicals. Here’s a quick primer on coniferous pest control, to get you started. You could also start by consulting with your trusted tree, shrub and lawn care professionals at Lucas Tree Experts.

Spider Mites

Spider mites, are related to spiders and other arachnids and can be found in and around Maine. Another fun fact about spider mites is that they absolutely love your junipers, Alberta spruce and hemlocks. They are also teenie-tiny, coming in at less than 1/50-inch in length in varying colors depending on their species and time of year.

These little buggers will turn the foliage of these conifers yellow-orange or bronzed, as they pierce and suck sap from the leaves, cell by cell. Fortunately, spider mites are easy to contain, once under control. Please note that some treatments for other pests may actually encourage spider mite outbreaks by killing their natural predators. Depending on how bad your spider mite infestation is, it may take a season or two for your Alberta spruce, hemlocks and junipers to fully recover. Working with trusted professionals at Lucas Tree Experts can help minimize damage while responsibly taking care of these tiny pests.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is yet another sap-sucking pest. Like many of us, they love hemlocks and the coast of Maine. An invasive species, the HWA is a dry, woolly-like insect, white in color and ranges from 1/16-inch to 1/8-inch in size. When investigating for HWA, it’s best to start on the outermost branch tips, exploring the undersides for these white, woolly masses. But don’t be fooled! There are other pests that look similar to the untrained eye. It’s best to consult with your trusted tree, shrub and lawn care professionals at Lucas Tree Experts to confirm the infestation for proper treatment.

Tree care: Hemlock pest controlIf you’re noticing that the foliage of your hemlock is yellowing, or looks as though it is covered in fresh snow, your hemlock has a pretty solid infestation of hemlock woolies. If left untreated, this pest can devastate hemlock trees, leaving them weak and vulnerable to other pests. However, there are treatment options to combat hemlock woolly adelgids that your trusted Lucas Tree Expert professional can offer to ensure a thorough and responsible pest treatment. Your hemlock trees won’t recover overnight, but chances are they will recover from a hemlock woolly adelgid infestation over the course of one to two seasons.

Treating Pests Today for Healthier Plants Tomorrow

Leaving pest infestations untreated can cause premature leaf drop, lack of foliage and the ultimate demise of your lawn, trees and shrubs. Preventative and curative treatments of a variety of pests and disease can help improve the overall health of the plants in your yard and help them be stronger for the future.

Give Lucas Tree Experts a call today! We’re happy to help, and our trusted team of pest control professionals is trained to identify your lawn and pest-control needs, and to ensure that your plant health care is optimal.