Certified Arborist Tree Trimming Dallas
This year it seems that I have seen a greater variety of insect infestations.  One in particular is Bagworms. They are the larval stage of a moth that is identified by caterpillars housed in strong silk cocoons that hang from infested trees and shrubs.  These bags are often hard to spot since they are camoflaged by plant material the caterpillar attaches to the outside. 

The more common types of affected trees include junipers, cedars and bald cypress.  This year I have seen them on more unusual species like Burr Oak, Live Oak, Japanese Maple and Crape Myrtle.  In fact, the Burr Oak variety is very difficult to spot due to the materials attached.

The best way to treat them is when they are actively feeding on the leaves and before they have moved to their next stage of development - the pupae.  They can be controlled by a number of chemicals or an organic treatment know as BT, which is a bacteria that once ingested by the caterpillar, will cause them to die.

For most bag worms now (June/July) is the "window of time" to apply a treatment.  If your infestation appears to be causing defoliation of your trees and shrubs, have Heritage Tree Service of Texas take care of the problem for you.   

Leave a Reply.

Heritage Tree Service of Texas ISA Certified Arborist Tree Trimming Tree Removal Tree Pruning Tree Damage and Tree Repair Tree Assessment and Tree Appraisal Stump grinding