Locust Tree Insects and Diseases

Locust tree diseases

Locust trees are beautiful structures to have in your landscape. The locust tree naturalized in the Appalachian Mountains, but now, it can be seen throughout North America. It has a reputation for rapid growth and developing robust thorns. It requires a lot of maintenance, and you need to watch out for the numerous insects and diseases that can overpower the foliage. Locust tree insects and diseases will run rampant if you are not careful, so here are the pests you should keep an eye on. At the first sign of trouble, do not hesitate to contact tree care experts such as Safari Tree to save your locust tree.

Insects

Honeylocust plant bugs tend to infest trees in late spring. This is a damaging type of plant bug that tends to be green in appearance. You can tell you have an infestation of these bugs when there is brown or yellow spotting on the leaves, and you may also notice injured foliage. Leaves may become twisted, so your main course of action is to apply chemical controls.

You also need to watch out for honeylocust borers. These look like beetles that are long-horned or metallic in appearance. They tunnel into the bark of these trees during their larval stages. They usually lay their eggs in June, and they will only attack trees that are already stressed from disease or drought. Borers will find existing cankers to make their way further into the tree, and you will need to apply supplemental insecticidal controls to manage the rapidly growing population.

Blister beetles will attack locust trees in droves. They are ash-gray in appearance, and they will cause extreme defoliation over various components of the tree. Infestations usually occur at the end of June or beginning of July. Similarly to any of the other insects, the best way to deal with these is with insecticides. Other common types of insects to protect your locust tree against include:

  • Cottony maple scales
  • Eriophyid mites
  • Honeylocust spider mites
  • Honeylocust podgall midges

Locust Tree Diseases

Black locust tree trunk

Locust trees are susceptible to several different diseases. The fungus can impact any tree, and with locust trees, you really need to look out for verticillium wilt. This is a fungus that enters the tree through the roots. The main issue with this disease is that it remains asymptomatic at first. However, over time, you will notice leaf curling, yellow or red leaf coloring and wilting branches. Wilting generally occurs on only one side of the tree, and it may even die suddenly.

Locust trees can sustain serious damage from the formation of cankers. These are easy to spot because dead spots will appear all of the bark of the trunk and branches. Cankers kill bark in all of the affected areas, and they can threaten the tree’s life. Cankers decay wood, which means the tree becomes more vulnerable to ice, heavy snow and extreme winds. The best way to avoid cankers is with preventative measures, such as annual fertilization, maintaining suitable soil moisture and proper watering.

Finally, wetwood is a serious disease that is associated with several different varieties of bacteria. Once a locust tree has this disease, the wood will turn into a yellow-brown color. Additionally, this area will feel wetter than usual. It is also possible for it to ooze slime. During the winter, the wood will crack, and the interior of the tree will sustain damage, resulting in splitting and warping. There is no way to effectively treat wetwood.

Protect Your Locust Trees

You can avoid these pests and diseases by having the experts at Safari Tree take care of any locust trees on your property. Contact us right away if you have any questions or concerns about your trees. Our goal is to keep your landscape as beautiful and healthy as possible.

How Does Perimeter Pest Control Work?

Human beings like to think their homes are a safe harbor from Mother Nature, but without help, it’s only a matter of time until unwanted pests invade your space. If you’re tired of reacting to infestations, it’s time to take a proactive approach by arranging perimeter pest control from an experienced exterminator.

Here’s a look at how Safari Tree’s exclusive defender program and pest control service provides year-round protection from insect invaders, and the benefits of this service. If you are having problems with pests, Safari Tree also offers a tick control service, mosquito control services, ant control services, mole control for lawns, a spider control service and more.

What Is Perimeter Insect Control?

perimeter pest control

If you’re a science-fiction fan, you’ve probably heard about force fields used for defense against unwanted invaders. While energy shields might only exist in movies and books, you can erect a chemical barrier around your home to keep pests away. We’ll come out to your house five times during the insect season and spray the building’s exterior so insects have no way of getting inside.

Our technicians will take a detailed look at your property and point out any problem areas that could create an incursion point. Now you know how it works, it’s time to take a look at the benefits of this service.

You Don’t Have To Be Home

Many service companies aren’t convenient for working people, which means you often need to head home early to make your appointment. Few things are more frustrating than rescheduling because you missed the worker by five minutes. Since perimeter defense takes place outside the building, you don’t have to be present for the technician to do his or her work.

You’ll get a notification that we’re going to be stopping by, but we can get to work without disrupting your routine. If you happen to be present for the service, feel free to point out any problem areas you may have noticed since your last treatment.

Keep Chemicals Out of Your Home

If you have children or pets, chemicals in the house could create a hazardous situation. By treating the outside of your building, we can use the most effective substances available. You won’t have to sacrifice effectiveness in the name of safety. The chemical blend is odorless, colorless and won’t harm your flowers, lawn or landscaping.

It’s Easier Than Removal

Once ants, termites and other pests set up shop in your home, it can be a major undertaking to rid the building of an infestation. Instead of concentrating efforts on the removal of the unwanted bugs, we stop them from entering the building in the first place. While the chemical barrier is a major component of this service, we’ll also take a look around and caulk up any cracks or holes that make a tempting entryway for insect visitors.

Enjoy a Pest-Free Life

Now you know some of the advantages that come with perimeter insect control, your next step is to find an experienced contractor to develop a plan of attack. At Safari Tree, we’ve spent more than 15 years working with Michigan homeowners, and you can trust us to make your home a no-fly zone for insects and other unwanted pests.

To learn more about our different service offerings or schedule an appointment for a free estimate, contact us online or call our office today at 1-844-255-3920.

How To Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard

How to get rid of moles in yard

Moles are like the annoying house guest that won’t leave. They can create a mess of your lawn and garden and cause all kinds of chaos under your beautiful grass. Despite homeowners’ best efforts, remedying the situation can prove harder than they think.

Many homeowners wonder how to get rid of moles in yard and garden spaces but don’t know where to turn. The best way to handle a mole problem is by enlisting the help of a professional pest control service

The experts at Safari Lawn know all about mole control for lawns and which types of moles are most common in Michigan. Here are some facts that can help you understand the problem and why getting rid of moles is not a DIY job.  

What Types of Moles Should I Watch For?

There are two main types of moles you’ll want to watch out for: the eastern mole and the star-nosed mole. The common mole (also called the eastern mole) is the bigger species and can cover some serious ground. It digs horizontally and has been known to cover about 2 acres in a day. It’s the energizer bunny of moles thanks to its insatiable appetite. It can consume its own body weight in insects every day.

The second type of mole is the star-nosed mole. It gets its name because of the flanges that extend off its nose in a star-like pattern. It moves in the opposite direction of the common mole. The star-nosed mole loves to dig up and down in long vertical tunnels leaving big mounds of soil on the surface.

Why Are Moles So Bad?

Despite what many people think, moles are not rodents. Moles are a type of mammal called an insectivore due to their diet of choice. Their main food source is earthworms and then grubs and other types of insects. If you think it might sound nice to have a mole to clear out your grub problem, think again.

As moles tunnel through your yard in search of food, they leave long dirt pathways or large mounds of soil in their wake. Not only are these areas of disturbance unsightly but they can cause real problems. When the mole burrows, it uproots the grass leaving it to wither and die. These areas of soft soil can also collapse causing potential “potholes” in your yard that can easily turn an ankle or send someone to the ground. 

When Are Moles Active?

Moles love to eat, which means they are active all the time, day and night. They are also year-round critters who don’t take breaks unless there is extreme heat or cold. You will see activity in the winter as well as the spring, fall and summer. Moles reproduce in the winter so it is an especially important time to put an end to the problem.

Expect to see an increase in activity after rainfall or heavy watering. If the soil gets soft, the moles get moving.

How Can Safari Tree Help?

The reason eradicating a mole problem can be so challenging is because you have to eliminate the entire population. Safari Tree has developed a complete 4 phase program that is designed to keep moles out of your yard and garden for the entire season, guaranteed. 

The professionals at Safari Tree identify active tunnels and imitate the mole’s natural food sources by placing bait injections every 8 to 10 feet. After the mole ingests the bait, they die and decompose underground in their tunnel. Safari Tree will return and retreat areas at least 45 days apart to ensure you go the course of the entire year without any reoccurring problems. If you choose a single application service, Safari Tree warranties that service for 45 days.

If moles have moved into your yard or garden, give Safari Tree a call. They will schedule a FREE service call and FREE estimate so you know how to get rid of moles in yard and garden areas fast.

In addition to mole control Safari Tree offers a tick control service, mosquito control services, ant control services, vole control for lawns, a spider control service and more. Contact us for more details today.

Defender Pest Control Program from Safari Tree

Safari Tree specializes in pest control, and we have combined our top three services that defend and protect your home from known pests that carry and transmit diseases! Our new Defender program encompasses our Mosquito Control, our Fleas & Tick Control, and our Deluxe Perimeter Pest Control services!

 

Safari Tree offers a pest control service including a tick control service, mosquito control services, ant control services, mole control for lawns, a spider control service and more. To provide residents of SE Michigan with the best protection against disease-carrying pests, we have combined our top three services that defend and protect your home from known pests that carry and transmit diseases! Our new Defender program encompasses our Mosquito Control, our Fleas & Tick Control, and our Deluxe Perimeter Pest Control services!

Leading the industry with a life-changing program, our intent is to ensure that your family is protected year around from the various pests that can and will invade your property and home.

Our Mosquito Control program comes with five treatments throughout the season, starting just before the mosquitos begin showing up and controlling them throughout the summer months so that you are able to enjoy and take back your backyard! The West Nile virus has been documented in Southeast Michigan, and so we want to make sure you and your family are protected from this disease that is transmitted through mosquito bites.

Our Fleas & Tick Control program has us coming out and spraying your property four times in the season so that your four-legged family members can also have a pest-free time when outdoors. Ticks are well known for carrying and transmitting Lyme disease, and they tend to attach themselves to our furry friends. Fleas are also an issue, and research is showing that fleas can also transmit diseases, though not as common nor as prevalent.

Finally, our Deluxe Perimeter Pest Control program is a five-time treatment throughout the year, and we treat not only the more common insects such as spiders and ants, but we also treat for stinging insects and ensure that nests, if present, are removed.

Protect your family for the coming season and contact Safari Tree to learn more about our Defender program!

Ticks in Michigan 2019 and How to Stay Safe

Tips for Staying Safe as Lyme Disease Carrying Ticks Spread to Eastern Michigan: The beginning of summer marks the beginning of long days at the lake and even longer nights hanging around the campfire, but it also marks the beginning of the 2019 tick season Michigan. Ticks in Michigan are nothing new, but this particular season has experts worried…

Tips for Staying Safe as Lyme Disease Carrying Ticks Spread to Eastern Michigan: The beginning of summer marks the beginning of long days at the lake and even longer nights hanging around the campfire, but it also marks the beginning of the 2019 tick season Michigan. Ticks in Michigan are nothing new, but this particular season has experts worried, as the blacklegged/deer tick is making its way further east. What’s so threatening about the deer tick? It carries the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

According to Click on Detroit, the blacklegged tick is no stranger to Michigan. However, until recently, the deer tick has made its home in the western Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Now, the tick has been spotted as far east as Detroit. What’s more, in 2017, there were more than 300 cases of Lyme disease in humans; two-thirds of victims claim to have been exposed to the disease in Michigan.

If you are experiencing problems with ticks and need immediate assistance, Safari Tree offers a pest control service including a tick control service, mosquito control services, ant control services, mole control for lawns and a spider control service.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease: Have You Been Exposed?

Ticks in Michigan 2019

Unfortunately, ticks are stealthy, which means that most people are unaware that they’ve even been bitten. This is often the case even if a tick stays attached for one to two days, which is about how long they need to transmit bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. If you or a loved one have been bitten by a tick and are unsure about how long it was attached, remain vigilant for signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, which often mimic those of the flu. Below are two lists: one detailing the early signs of Lyme disease and one detailing the symptoms that indicate the disease has progressed.

Early Signs of Lyme Disease

  • Fever, headache, muscle aches, chills and swollen lymph glands
  • Erythema migrans rash
    • EM occurs in approximately 70-80% of cases
    • Begins within three to 30 days and at the location of the tick bite, but may eventually extend to other parts of the body
    • Gets bigger over time
    • May be warm to the touch
    • Occasionally looks like a bulls-eye, but not always

Signs Lyme Disease Has Progressed

  • Sore neck and severe headaches
  • EM rashes across other areas of the body
  • Joint swelling and pain
  • Loss of muscle control in the face
  • Pain and tenderness in joints, muscles and bones
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Shortness of breath and dizziness
  • Short-term member problems
  • Shooting pain, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet

If left untreated, the disease has the potential to spread to the heart, joints and nervous system, systematically shutting down the body’s system. However, the good news is that the majority of early cases are treatable with antibiotics.

Minimizing Your Risk of Lyme Disease

The goal if this article is not to scare you but rather, to inform you. You can protect yourself, your loved ones and your pets from ticks and the diseases they carry with a bit of forethought and preventative measures.

First and foremost, avoid tick-infested areas. This includes tall grasses, overgrown brush and woodpiles. Do not let your pets into these areas either, as animals that come into contact with ticks outdoors often bring them inside.

When outdoors, use insect repellent. Strong formulas such as DEET 20-30% is often effective in keeping ticks and other undesirable insects at bay. Be sure to treat your clothes as well, as ticks have been known to hang out in fabrics until opportune times.

You should also always perform daily tick checks. Feel through your hair, under your armpits, behind your knees and other places a tick might hide. Bathing or showering after being outdoors can help you more easily locate attached ticks. If you find a tick, carefully remove it with a pair of tweezers and cleanse the area with an antiseptic.

Call in the Professionals

One of the best ways to keep ticks at bay during the 2019 tick season in Michigan is to allow Safari Tree to spray your yard. Contact Safari Tree to learn more about our pest control services.

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