Pine Bark Beetle Treatment - Tree Insecticide Injection System in Houston, TX
Kingwood Arborist is your ultimate solution for Pine Bark Beetles. Our proprietary system for tree trunk injection is like no other. The Drill, Plug, Inject method is far more effective than any other method available. Serving all of Houston including Memorial, River Oaks, Tanglewood, The Galleria Area, Friendswood, Huffman, Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita, Summerwood, Eagle Springs, Lake Shore, The Woodlands, Spring, Porter and Conroe.
What is a Pine Bark Beetle?
The Southern Pine Bark Beetle is an insect that attacks pine trees. They are attracted to drought stressed trees or distressed trees. The Southern Pine Bark Beetle is approximately the size of a grain of rice and bores a hole through the bark and into the Phloem, Cambium and Xylem layers of the Pine tree. These layers are the vascular layers of the tree (like our veins and arteries). Although small, the Southern Pine Bark Beetle attacks the tree in large numbers so that the number of bore holes in the tree is in the hundreds to thousands. Ultimately the vascular layer of the tree is interrupted to the extent that nutrients are no longer able to make it to the trees foliage and the tree dies. This takes as little as 14 days from the time of entry. By the time you notice the infestation it may have already been 10 days or more.
What Does Kingwood Arborist Do?
A small plug, called the Arborplug™, is inserted into a drilled hole in the tree. A needle in then inserted through the Arborplug™ and formulation is injected. Formulations are quickly distributed through the trunk, branches and leaf tissue. The Arborplug™ keeps the injected formulation inside the tree, protects it, and stays inside the tree with no adverse reactions. The tree eventually grows right over the Arborplug.
What are the Benefits to this Method?
There is no mess left behind after application. No chemicals left in the soil or in the air so it is safe for your children and pets. The results are highly effective and are backed by proven university trials. The product that we use last for two years and is the most effective way to treat and prevent Pine Bark Beetles! It is also safe for use around rivers, lakes, streams and federal/state land.
What are NOT Suitable Methods?
Spraying the trees: Spraying trees is effective only for parasites that will actually come in contact with the insecticide. Pine bark beetles are deep inside the tree. Spraying also will kill many desirable insects such as butterflies, lady bugs, honey bees etc. Spraying is not legal near waterways and is toxic for the fish. Spraying is generally messy. Sprayed on insecticides will usually wash off in the rain.
What does it Cost?
Application cost is based on product used, trunk diameter, and labor for application. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
We advise homeowners to adopt preventive measures instead of stopping with merely identifying the causes and effects of pine bark beetle attack.
Prevention is key when it comes to pine bark beetles. There are a few precautionary measures that you can adopt to prevent and their entry and infestation. They are:
- Act diligently before the active season for Pine Bark Beetles begins! They infest pine trees during their peak season, which is from March to October, however, they can remain active throughout winter depending on the weather.
- Homeowners that have Pine trees need to keep an eye out for browning needles or needles turning a rusty red color.
When a tree begins to stress, it often times will produce a higher quantity of pine cones.
- If fine granular or fuzzy looking sawdust appears at the base of the tree you must call us immediately!
When pitch tubes appear they look like small crawfish mounds protruding from the bark of your tree. It may be too late to save the tree at this point so call us immediately.
- Once the bark begins to fall from the tree it is probably too late but we have saved them. Your other trees can be protected if you act instantly by calling us.
- Specializing in full-service tree care for more than 20 years, Kingwood Arborist is always the first name that comes to the minds of homeowners across Houston.