Pesky Pests

It’s a beautiful day! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping. You walk out to look at your beautiful budding trees – only to see them crawling with insects. Virginia has a strong bug population because so much of it is wooded, and Leesburg is no exception. Tree damaged by bugsUnfortunately those bugs don’t stay in the woods and instead move into your beautiful dogwood trees. We don’t call them ‘pests’ for nothing. Tree-damaging insects tend to fall into one of three categories: the boring, chewing or sucking insects:

About Tree Insects

Countless insects live on, in, and around trees – many are harmless, while others can cause fatal damage. Below is a general description of the three main types of insect that affect trees. …

Really the only sure way to protect your trees from bugs is to wrap them:

How to Protect Your Trees from Insects and Other Damage

The weather can do a number on your trees. Jobe’s TreeWraps ward off excess heat while allowing air and water to flow. Tree wraps also help prevent sunscald, which occurs when the sun’s rays reflect off the snow and cause trunks to split. And you can skip the insect repellent – our wraps already provide a natural barrier against pests, but protecting your trees from scalding and splitting is another way to help prevent infestations.

You might also consider an oil spray, which is generally more environmentally-friendly than any of the other sprays. Oil sprays do harm a few kinds of trees, however, so you do need to be careful.

Backyard Bug Patrol's Simply Organic Program

Our 100% Organic, Simply Organic Program is completely natural and is certified by the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) which assures consumers that agricultural products marketed as organic meet consistent, uniform, standards. The active ingredient in our Simply Organic Program is Rosemary Oil or Cedar Oil [which] kill ticks and mosquitoes on contact and put up an invisible barrier that these pests won’t penetrate for up to two weeks.

If you’re looking for more information, the following article gives tips on when to spray, what sprays to use, and even some other uses for sprays besides killing bugs:

SPRAYING TREES FOR PESTS AND DISEASES

Spraying is a useful way to treat many pests and diseases.  Unfortunately there are many companies that “sell spray” and do spraying indiscriminately.  Those companies seem to suggest that spraying can cure all problems. …

For help and advice, don’t hesitate to contact a tree care company in Leesburg. They’ll get you on the right track in no time.

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