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Priceless Pest Control

Studies show CO trees are being ravaged by insects, but ArborScape’s pest control services are here to keep your trees healthy throughout the seasons.

It’s been noted that the fluctuating weather seems to be the main cause as to why our trees have become so susceptible to a variety of pests that can cause insurmountable disease and other damage to our trees here.

Each tree we see we see here in Colorado has different needs, whether a native or nonnative species. But what each tree needs is stability, even with season changes. Without that stable weather a tree has grown accustomed to, it can respond in a similar way that we get sick; with various symptoms that open our immune system to other attacks.

However, there are services to help prevent these attacks or at least help mitigate the symptoms until we’re healed. And we can do the same with trees with tree spraying pest control treatments.

Most of the time, pest control is used once insects have already attacked your trees. This is typically because you don’t notice symptoms until the infestation has begun. But pest control can also be used as a preventative treatment to give your trees the extra boost they need to protect themselves from an array of issues.

While there are some tips and tricks to do on your own to protect your trees, such as properly watering and mulching to maintain health, sometimes it’s best to call in the professionals.

Here at ArborScape, our arborists have the expertise, and knowledge of the terrain, to both treat and prevent the stress that pests can bring about. Learn more about our pest control treatments below. 

ArborScape’s Pest Control

General Insect Control

ArborScape has three general insect sprays to keep your trees protected. Like all of our PHC (plant health care) treatments, these sprays are time-sensitive. 

We start these treatments during late spring, once the weather starts warming up and the bugs come out of hibernation, and go until late summer to maintain the health of your trees during peak season.

The first general insect spray covers all trees, coniferous and deciduous alike except fruit trees. This is because the fruit spores are still open and we don’t want to infect them with anything that may damage or infect the fruit. 

Meanwhile, the second round of spraying is only done on deciduous trees because the type of insects that attack conifers don’t usually have a second generation for the second spray to do anything to.

Finally, the third round of spraying covers only coniferous trees because deciduous trees usually have little to no leaves left by this point in the season, so the insects are either dormant or have left to another tree.

Japanese Beetle

Some things you’ll want to know about the Japanese beetle is that while it’s more common east of the Mississippi, they’ve still managed to migrate over to here due to their love for many trees, but especially for maples, lindens, and crabapples.

While we use a spray to manage Japanese beetles, they can never be fully eradicated. However, as we help you mitigate the issues these pests bring about, we also suggest planting Virginia creepers in your yard.

Planting these will help lure the Japanese beetles away from the areas you want to keep safe from them as these beetles love to eat the creepers and will prefer these over your trees.

Ips Beetle

With eleven different types of Ips beetles here in Colorado, they’ve proven to be quite detrimental to the health of trees. 

Because Colorado is so dry and arid, that puts many of our trees, particularly pines and spruce, at risk for drought stress. And drought-stressed trees act as an invitation to Ips beetles, who like to burrow in these dry, wooden homes.

While trees do make great homes for diverse wildlife, ips beetles can end up killing your tree if not treated on time.

One way to try and prevent these pests from hankering down into your trees is ensuring proper watering to reduce the stress from drought. 

However, if you do manage to attract these beetles, just know that we do have pest control sprays for this pesky insect. We can spray for ips beetles in early spring and, because ips tend to have multiple generations, a second spray in the summer.

Emerald Ash Borer

We’ve written at length about the issues emerald ash borers have presented to the ash trees in our state, so we won’t bore you by yammering on about things you likely already know.

However, we have a couple of different pest control options for the EAB, such as our arbor systemic microinjection that acts as a preventative injection for your ash trees and is done every couple of years.

We also have our ash bark beetle spray treatment that is done annually in the springtime right before the borers emerge.

How Safe is Pest Control?

There are different types of pest control out there, such as pesticides, fungicides, and many more. Here at ArborScape, we specifically use insecticides to manage the bugs that can infect our trees and shrubs.

Our sprays have a strong bonding agent that helps the spray stick to bark and foliage for weeks at a time to act as a deterrent to hungry insects during the peak seasons.

However, insecticides can be harmful to people. When using our pest control services, we recommend waiting until the bark or foliage is completely dry before touching or examining the work.

You should also be aware of these insecticides if you’re trying to attract pollinators to your garden. While our sprays are great for managing pests, they’re also unfortunately toxic to bees and other friendly insects.

This is why calling out our arborists is a great idea. Not only do we give free estimates, we can find the perfect plan for your landscaping goals.

We know it can seem expensive to invest in this type of work, but once you’re able to sit back and relax and enjoy the stunning views of your healthy yard and our priceless Colorado landscape, you’ll see why it’s worth it.

So check out our website for more information about our horticulture specialties and to learn how we’ve been taking care of Denver’s trees for over twenty years.

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