Save the Trees!

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • November 16, 2015

Protect The Trees From Cankerworms

Every Spring, Charlotte is faced with an overwhelming infestation of cankerworms and Spring 2016 looks to be no different. Charlotte is a city of trees, so let’s proactively protect them from one of the most destructive tree pests in the area!

What’s The Problem?

Cankerworms typically mate in December and afterward, the flightless female moths proceed to crawl up trees to lay their eggs. Early in the Spring, tiny caterpillars emerge and immediately begin to feed on the tree’s young leaves and buds. Their destruction will not kill the trees, but it may weaken them and leave them susceptible to disease. Not only that, but they also leave behind unsightly foliage.

Folks, don’t work all year long on curb appeal only to have it be lessened by cankerworms!

So What’s The Solution?

Tree Banding. It’s a method used by Killingsworth to control cankerworms and is administered towards the end of Fall. By applying a sticky glue product around the tree trunk, cankerworm moths are trapped, thus ending their journey to lay eggs.

For best results, tree banding should occur in late November through December to ensure all leaves have fallen from the trees. Waiting until all leaves have fallen is imperative as it prevents leaves from sticking to the band and creating a bridge, allowing the insects to climb over the glue and continue up the tree. The banding is typically removed the following Spring around Mid-April.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact Killingsworth pest control today to protect your trees from cankerworms!

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