Can Trees Survive Bark Beetle Attacks?

Pine trees and evergreens are some of the most common trees in the greater Denver area, and for good reason. They stay green, provide shade, and add value to your home. But they’re often vulnerable to pine beetle damage and infestations. While your plant health care team can help you keep your trees in great condition, many homeowners wonder if it’s possible to save trees with an active infestation. Here’s what you need to know.

The Earlier You Catch Them, the Better
The more extensive the infestation is, the more strain your trees will be under. If you know that the infestation is small or just beginning, you may be able to save your tree. With the right care and technique, your plant health care and tree trimming specialist may be able to remove the infected part of your trees. Keep in mind that this typically only works if the infestation is small or just beginning. Once the beetles burrow deep into your tree, it can be difficult for it to recover.

Severe Infestations Spell Disaster
If you miss the early warning signs of a bark beetle or pine beetle infestation in your trees, it’s likely too late to save the infected tree. Why? Because the beetles have already tunneled into the trunk and are actively putting strain on the tree itself. Once the tree starts showing signs of damage like browning needles, premature needle drop, and even dying limbs, it’s likely beyond saving. Your tree care team can help you decide if the tree is too far gone.

Removing Infected Trees Can Protect the Rest
If your infected trees are beyond saving, removing them is your best option. By removing the infected trees, you’ll increase the chances of saving the other trees on your property. While there’s no guarantee that the beetles won’t spread from the infected tree prior to removal, getting rid of that tree makes it harder for the pests to become a major problem. Even better, you’ll protect the trees surrounding your home.

Just make sure to let an experienced professional handle the tree trimming and removal for you. They know how to safely deal with infected trees and can take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of bark beetles during removal.

Invest in Preventative Treatments
There are some preventative treatments that you can use to protect your trees and make them more resistant to damage. Schedule a consultation with your plant health care team and let them assess your trees and property for certain risk factors. If they can safely treat your trees, they’ll recommend a plan to keep your property safe.

Root Tree Service Is Here to Help
Pine and bark beetles are a major threat to evergreen trees in the greater Denver area. If you’re worried about the health and safety of your trees, don’t wait. Contact Root Tree Service and let our team help you protect your trees. And if you have an active infestation, we can safely remove the infected trees to better protect the rest of your yard.
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