Trees are a valuable asset that makes your property more beautiful. They offer protection from the wind, pleasant view, and shade. While trees are typically resilient and sturdy, diseases and insects can deliver permanent destruction if left unnoticed.
Presently, a satin moth damages trees and is a serious threat. However, it’s a threat that can be prevented and treated with the right care.
The satin moth is a frequent insect in the area and typically isn’t a big issue. They feed on Poplar trees, even though they can be seen on oak and willow trees too. They can quickly destroy a tree when they are feeding.
Satin Moth Causes
Most mature healthy trees can deal with an assault by satin moths with no ill effects. However, specific environmental and climatic conditions are favorable to the pests. This indicates that they’re even more widespread than previously thought. The population of moths has rapidly grown.
The issue is that even though a healthy tree can sustain an attack from a satin moth, repeat exposure can create so much harm that the tree can't mend.
What to Do
Some steps can be taken to stop more damage from occurring. Another effective way of fighting the issue is pressure washing of the tree. This blows the eggs and larvae out of the tree. If you find that your tree has been infested, your local tree care service can visit and take care of this problem for you.
Another solution is to put sticky bands on the trunk. This aids in trapping the caterpillars as travel all over the tree to feed.
Satin Moths Detection
You can identify satin moths by the white and black bands on their legs. The caterpillars are light brown to light gray with a dark head and yellow or white markings all along their backs. Eggs are laid on leaves and can be seen around the trunk and on the ground.
For more information on treating trees and stopping damage, call a Rochester arborist. Don’t forget that satin moths can create permanent damage and even kill your trees.
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