Living in Atlanta is a beautiful thing….besides our lovely accents we get to enjoy the bountiful abundance of nature in all of its glory. Atlanta has been known as the city in the forest! You can’t drive too far in Atlanta and not see the great big oaks, the blooming dogwoods, and those gorgeous southern pines.
Yes in Georgia pine trees are everywhere! They are tall, green, and cover all of our cars with yellow pollen during the spring! However, did you know that those gorgeous southern pines actually have an enemy? The infamous pine beetle!
Pine beetles may be small but they can cause a lot of destruction rather quickly. At Atlanta Tree Professionals would like to offer a few signs to help you identify an infestation of pine beetles!
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Usually you can see small holes in the infected tree; it also may be oozing sap that resembles popcorn. These holes are made by the beetles as they enter the tree.
Sometimes you can actually hear the beetles inside your tree. We know it sounds creepy but you can actually hear them chomping down on the wood.
You can touch the branches to see if they feel dry and brittle. Also the branches will lose their coloring after a while!
Pine Beetles are rather aggressive and can kill a tree within a week to a month. If you notice one or more of the following symptoms you should have your tree removed right away, because by the time you notice the first tree, chances are they could be chowing down on another pine tree in your yard! Pine beetles are like hippies at Woodstock, if one finds out there is free food and place to crash chances are they will tell their friends. Before you know it your yard gets trashed.
The best thing to do is prevent! At Atlanta Tree Professionals we offer annual tree treatment services. We can help keep your trees healthy and happy! Call us at 404-644-8733 for your free Spring tree assessment. Or go to our website to schedule an appointment online.