If any fruit trees in your Syracuse neighborhood have swiftly lost the leaves that were starting to grow, the offender is likely to be a tent worm, a common insect found in most corners of the US.
Even though a tent worm may eat about all the leaves on a tree, the damage is hardly permanent. In many instances, trees that have lost their leaves in early spring can grow them back around July, mainly when tent worms have stopped feeding. Healthy trees can last around two or three years of complete defoliation.
That doesn't mean the loss of leaves to these hungry tent worms is safe for a tree. It does diminish its vigor and makes it more susceptible to diseases and pests. Nonetheless, we have seen many fruit trees made bare thanks to tent worms. Then, they recover well and flourish into healthy grown trees.
What Are Tent Worms?
Tent worms are more of a minor nuisance or eyesore instead of a real threat. Though, eliminating a tent worm is sometimes necessary. We can discuss how to stop a tent worm and how to kill it when needed.
When tent worm removal is needed, the egg or nest can typically be picked up by hand.
Egg cases can be seen once leaves drop from trees in autumn. Bigger nests can be gone by pruning them out or wrapping them around a stick.
The best time for tent worm removal is evening or early morning while they’re still probably in the nest. Using different types of parasitic wasps can also help eliminate tent worm. Fabricating a welcoming setting for birds is a great tent worm remedy.
Sometimes eliminating tent worms means killing them. While little infestations can be taken care of by putting the nests into soapy water, insecticides work better for more significant populations. Bacillus thuringiensis is one that is very effective. Since this is a particular insecticide, it kills tent worms only, remaining safe for other wildlife. If you don’t want to take on your tent worms on your own, ask a Syracuse tree care service company for help.
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