Has another storm brought distress to your yard – maybe uprooted some trees, possibly broken branches, and stray debris around? Well, as a proud homeowner, I know you are understandably tempted to fire up that old chain saw that is in your garage... Please - please don't!
Tree work is very dangerous, and with post-storm cleanup there are a new set of hazards that come with the territory. Take my advice - stay safe...and...hire a professional arborist instead.
The Giant African Snail feeds on approximately more than 500 types of plants. When fruits and vegetables are not available, it will feed on ornamental plants, tree bark and often paint and stucco on houses, causing structural damage to the house. One sign of this pest is seeing the large snail, which is typically the size of an adult fist. These snails are located in Florida and Hawaii, but they have also been found elsewhere in the U.S. in classrooms for use in science lessons by teachers who are unaware of this threat. This is another pest that we hope to not see feeding on our trees in Michigan.
The Giant African Snail
The light brown apple moth causes the greatest damage to backyard gardens and produce. Some of the plants are items tree care professionals may treat, including Poplar and Eucalyptus trees. Signs include visible caterpillars and adult moths, as well as damaged fruit or vegetables. The moth is found in California and Hawaii. Hopefully we won't see it in Michigan. However, it is good to be aware of these pests.
Light Brown Apple Moth
Sudden Oak death (SOD) is caused by a water mold pathogen. It is considered to be dangerous because it affects a wide variety of trees and there is no known cure. Signs include bark cankers, leaf spots and twig dieback. SOD is currently in California and Oregon. Hopefully we never see this in Michigan.
Sudden Oak Death
The Asian longhorned beetle is a threat to America’s hardwood trees such as the Maple tree. There is currently no cure, has the potential to cause more damage than Dutch elm disease, chestnut blight and gypsy moths combined. Signs include but are not limited to seeing the beetle, a series of chewed round depressions in tree bark, pencil-sized circular exit holes, excessive sawdust buildup near tree bases, and unseasonably drooping or yellowed leaves. There are infestations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio, but western states are considered at risk. MIchigan is currently not an infestation zone; it is always important to keep an eye out for these pests.
If you have further questions please contact one of our arborists for a consultation.
Asian Longhorned Beetle