Cottonwood Borer Treatment in Arlington, TX.

At over 1 1/2 inches in length and nearly 1/2 inch wide, the cottonwood borer is the largest beetle species in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, it has the highest population concentration in the southern and central areas of North America and is prevalent throughout Arlington and the surrounding cities. With its ivory and black markings and antennae that are longer than its body, this tree destroyer is frequently encountered and easily recognized by certified arborists throughout north Texas. The larvae endure the winter months hidden below ground within the root structure, as the adult females lay their eggs along the baseline of the tree or just below ground level. Mature cottonwood beetles first make their appearance in spring and continue to be active through mid-summer. Its favored hosts are primarily cottonwood trees but they also invade willow and poplar trees, all of which grace the residential outdoor habitats throughout many established neighborhoods in the DFW Metroplex. As their damage is more extensive below ground level than what is visible above ground and their destruction can result in the death of the tree, it is extremely important to contact a tree care specialist immediately when you first observe these beetles on the tree or notice holes in the tree trunk or branches. Cottonwood Borer Treatment in Arlington, TX, call (817) 583-7689 Cottonwood Borer diagnosing!


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Cottonwood Borer Disease

The experienced plant pathologist will study the above-ground visible indications of cottonwood borer presence and investigate the hidden root structure of the tree in order to develop the diagnosis report. Obvious beetle activity is a serious indicator of damage and holes in the trunk and branches further support their occupation and the cottonwood borer destruction. Fine sawdust-like material known to a certified arborist as frass is left from the adult beetles eating through the tree wood and larvae eating around the tree baseline. Laboratory testing will be done on the root structure and vascular system of the tree to confirm the presence of cottonwood borer larvae. These lethal beetles do not target mature, robust trees but instead, invade young trees or trees with weakened immune systems that have been subjected to stress or have suffered wounds. Residential grounds will be thoroughly investigated in order to reveal the extensiveness of cottonwood borer infestation and to test for areas that may have compacted soil from construction projects or high foot traffic and therefore have inadequate drainage. Upon definitive confirmation of cottonwood borer devastation, the arbor care professional will present the tree evaluation report and the Arlington experienced tree company will customize and inform you of the immediate treatment required and maintenance plan necessary to prevent on-going cottonwood borer damage.

Treatment Of Cottonwood Borer Treatment

If the tree has only several holes in its trunk or branches then insecticide applications may be used as scheduled and administered by a tree doctor. This is because the primary objective is to prevent beetle reproduction by destroying the adult beetles and the larvae and save the infested tree from further damage. If the tree is severely infested then it must be removed and destroyed by a tree service and replaced with hearty pest-free trees in order to protect undamaged trees from infestation. Trees that have severely damaged root structures must be eliminated, as they are capable of falling over from high wind gusts and inflicting serious damage to life and the residential home and habitat grounds. Maintaining the health of the trees is of utmost importance and deep root fertilization and regulated watering by an experienced tree company will ensure the root system is robust. Pruning and removing mildly infested or damaged branches by a tree trimming service eliminates cottonwood borers from the habitat grounds. It is of supreme importance to entrust your majestic trees and the residential outdoor environment to the care of the best arborist in Arlington and have peace in knowing that lethal cottonwood borers will never destroy your prized investments! If you have on your property, call (817) 583-7689 for a free consultation from a certified arborist in Arlington, TX.

Updated on December 31, 2018, at 11:02 AM by Metroplex Arbor Care.