The Most Common Tree Diseases And Insect Pests

Trees in Colorado cope with a great deal of stress.

Think about it for a moment. As a society, we expect them to withstand drought, construction damage, soil compaction, vandalism, air pollution, and much more. Interestingly, trees that are exposed to any one of these agents are more vulnerable to disease and insect attacks

So what can you do? Well, it certainly helps to plant a species that’s either drought-tolerant or native to Colorado. Next, it’s imperative to follow proper planting, mulching, watering, and pruning techniques.

We want to look at the most common tree diseases and insects in this blog post. Keep reading to learn more from our Loveland arborist.

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Tree Insects

  1. IPS – Do you have any pine or spruce trees in the yard? Then be sure to watch out for IPS. This group of bark beetles can wreak havoc on trees that are under severe stress. Should you notice tree dieback from the top down, IPS could be the culprit. Don’t hesitate to contact a professional tree service for any assistance identifying the IPS Bark Beetle.
  2. Mountain Pine Beetle – A little more than a decade ago, the Mountain Pine Beetle began impacting pine trees throughout Fort Collins. Today, MPB affects thousands of lodgepole and ponderosa forests in Larimer County. Unfortunately, about 10 percent of pines attacked by MPB will die. We recommend getting in touch with an experienced tree doctor for more information regarding the Mountain Pine Beetle.
  3. Emerald Ash Borer – EAB first reared its ugly head in Colorado about five years ago. This aggressive insect is responsible for the death of a whopping 50 million ash trees in 21 different states. For those interested in learning more about the Emerald Ash Borer in Loveland, feel free to check out some of our previous blog posts. Contact a certified arborist for information about detection, prevention, and treatment.

Tree Diseases

Thousand Cankers Disease is probably the newest tree disease in Colorado’s urban forest. TCD has killed countless black walnuts in Boulder and Denver and continues to spread. Basically, the disease is spread by the walnut twig beetle, which carries a fungus known as Geosmithia morbida. The fungus grows and creates cankers in the walnut. In terms of TCD signs and symptoms, homeowners should look for branch flagging and dieback in walnut.


Northern Colorado Tree Health Experts

Trees play a critical role in the environment. Not only that, but they’re beautiful creatures that help raise property values in our great state. Why wouldn’t you want your trees to remain healthy for as long as possible?

We are proud to be your one-stop shop for tree care. While we certainly perform tasks such as tree trimming and tree removal upon request, our expertise goes above and beyond the basics. As licensed arborists, our staff does everything from controlling pests to fighting infection and disease.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that any “tree care expert” is also a licensed arborist. See why so many homeowners trust Schra Tree Care in Northern Colorado.