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.
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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
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
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,
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.
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!
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