Spring and summer are prime insect times and we see a lot of damage to yards, trees, and shrubs. In this blog we look at a few of the pests that damage shrubs.
- Leafminers – An odd name for a brilliant pest. Leafminers are the larva from either a moth or a fly and they attack the leaves of trees and shrubs. They burrow into the leaf between the top layer and the bottom layer and feed on the leaf. This is an evolutionary trick because once inside the leaf, the plants tissue protects them from predation. We use green systemics to control Leafminers and the best time to do so is just after the shrub has flowered. Systemics generally do not harm bees, but some may.
- Tent Caterpillars – are the larvae of moths and some are quite large. There are a few varieties around Texas and they are a horror in a home yard. The tent caterpillar spins a massive sock-like structure in which live the offspring of the moth. When the eggs hatch, the larvae emerge and feed on the tree’s leaves. In the daytime, they are contained in their tent, but at night they emerge to feed.
- Leaf Cutter Bees – Generally not a pest, these small native bees cut nearly perfect circles in leaves or C-shaped notches. Unless the small colony is lacking their damage is not usually significant. They use the leaves to line their nests. A small amount of activity does not harm the tree, but in some rare cases, leaf cutter bees may cause damage to trees. They are usually very specific to the type of tree they like.
Learn more about Landscaping pests and how to control them by giving our team a call. We are happy to help identify pests and provide comprehensive pest control services throughout the greater Austin Area.
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