Don’t Get Eaten Alive – Insects in the Landscape

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Don’t Get Eaten Alive – Insects in the Landscape

Millions of new trees and shrubs are planted every year. When you add plants to your landscape you beautify your surroundings, help the environment, and add value to your property.

Unfortunately, each of these plants may be the favorite food of one or more species of insect or mite. Proper control measures must be planned for and applied to prevent serious injury.

We’re never sure just which pests will be a problem in a particular season, nor how severe an infestation will be. But there will always be harmful insects looking for a free meal from the first warm spring days until freezing weather in the fall.
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Most people don’t know one bug from another. We must remember that not all insects are harmful – and some are even beneficial. But ignoring them can be like playing Russian roulette. Established trees as well as young transplants and shrubs can often be completely defoliated. In the case of a heavy borer or scale infestation, doing nothing could result in the death of a plant regardless of its age or size.

Early detection and treatment helps prevent permanent damage. Visual inspection of plants at least 3 to 5 times during the growing season keeps pests from slipping in and becoming established without being noticed. When discovered, damaging varieties should be treated without delay. Professional applications will avoid the problems that can be encountered by the casual “bug-getter.” See below for some important facts about good insect management on your valuable landscape trees and ornamental plants.

Professional Care Is Good Insurance Protecting your trees and shrubs should not be a “hit or miss” guessing game. There are thousands of insect varieties and knowing what to do and when is a job for professionals.

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important advantages of professional care

  • Correct identification of the insects
  • Proper timing of treatments
  • Proper materials and rates
  • Proper application equipment

It’s best to apply most insecticides when the temperature is above 50° and below 95°F; when there is little wind and no rain is expected for several hours.

Many insects have more than one generation per season. Since most insecticides become less effective after 1 to 4 weeks they may need to be reapplied.