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Tree Pests & Diseases: Identification, Treatment & Control

What Happens to Insect Pests During Northeast Ohio Winters?

gypsy moth egg mass

Given how cold winters can be in northeast Ohio, you’d think insect pests would be killed by the frigid temperatures. But while some insects (such as wasps, yellowjackets, and crickets) are decimated by the cold, many others manage to survive the deep freeze.

And when spring arrives, they’re ready to start breeding and eating your plants!

That’s why winter is a good time to inspect your trees, shrubs and landscape plants for evidence of overwintering insect pests. By identifying problems before the pests emerge in spring, you can prevent the situation from getting worse.

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Facts for Northeast Ohio

Eastern Hemlock

A tiny pest is causing huge problems for hemlocks in northeast Ohio. If you have any hemlock trees on your property, the hemlock woolly adelgid (pronounced uh-DEL-jid) may already be destroying them. First discovered in Ohio in 2012, these minuscule pests may appear insignificant at first, but they can kill an entire tree in as little as a single season, or slowly kill it over many years.

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Beech Leaf Disease in Northeast Ohio

beech tree leaves

Have you noticed recent changes in your beech trees? The leaves may be curling, withering, and drying long before fall foliage changes should begin. Or maybe you’ve noticed dark lines on beech tree leaves. Both are signs of beech leaf disease (BLD) that’s affecting beeches in NE Ohio. Here are the known facts.

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It’s February: Time To Plan Spring Tree & Shrub Treatments (Yes, Really!)

schedule plant health care in february

It may still be winter but spring is just around the corner. And with spring comes insect pests and diseases. February is the time to plan and schedule spring tree & shrub treatments to prevent insect and disease problems. Here’s our treatment schedule for northeast Ohio showing when to treat specific insect pests, fungal issues and diseases.

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Preventing Oak Wilt in Northeast Ohio

oak wilt on oak in northeast ohio

Oak Wilt is a deadly fungal disease that has put all oak trees in northeast Ohio at risk. Once infected, there’s no known cure for Oak Wilt – so prevention is the best option for saving your oak trees. OAK WILTRESOURCES>> Learn More 4 Steps To Prevent Oak Wilt Infection 1. Avoid Pruning or Damaging…

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Preventing the Spread of Oak Wilt and Dutch Elm

With the arrival of the summer season in Northeast Ohio right around the corner, it is time to refresh ourselves of some common, serious tree diseases: Oak Wilt and Dutch Elm. Important Note: During the summer, Independent Tree does not schedule tree pruning services for oak or elm trees due to the risk of spreading…

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How to Combat Summer Pests

Late June marks the official start of the summer season, often signaling consistently warm temperatures in Northeast Ohio. Unfortunately, June also marks the arrival of many summer pests. If you see strange markings or abnormalities on your tree, as detailed below, do not ignore them. The following are just a few of the many pests…

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