Professional Tree Services Help Prevent NC Tree Pests & Diseases

North Carolina’s verdant landscapes are a source of immense pride. From the towering longleaf pines whispering in the coastal breeze to the vibrant dogwoods bursting with color in the spring, trees are the very foundation of our state’s natural beauty. Despite their grandeur, NC trees are susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases. North Carolina’s diverse climate creates a haven for a variety of tree pests and diseases, posing a significant threat to the health and longevity of these treasured assets.

Professional arborists identify and address potential problems before they take root, ensuring your trees remain healthy and vibrant. 

Common Local Tree Pests & Diseases

Do you know what to look for when it comes to recognizing pests and disease in your trees? From nasty fungal growths to voracious wood-eating insects, it can be challenging to identify common tree pests and diseases. 

  • Emerald Ash Borer: This invasive beetle specifically targets ash trees, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Signs of infestation include D-shaped exit holes on the bark, thinning foliage, and branch dieback.  Left unchecked, the Emerald Ash Borer can lead to complete tree death.
  • Spotted Lanternfly: This recently introduced insect feeds on a wide range of tree species, including maples, oaks, and cherry trees.  They leave behind a sticky substance known as “honeydew,” which attracts mold and weakens the tree.  Heavy infestations can lead to stunted growth, wilting, and even branch death.
  • Spruce Budworms: The Spruce Budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) has a reputation for being extremely destructive to spruce and fir trees throughout the Eastern United States. The larvae of the budworm hatch by the thousands each season and can completely consume any new growth if not addressed quickly. 
  • Tent Caterpillars: While there are both Western (Malacosoma disstria) and Eastern (Malacosoma americanum) varieties of the Tent Caterpillar, the only one we have to worry about here in North Carolina is the Eastern genus, which feeds primarily on oaks, aspens, sugar maples, and other hardwood trees. Generally considered more of a pest than a direct threat, tent caterpillars and the silk they leave behind can still become an unsightly nuisance in large numbers.
  • Fungal Diseases:  North Carolina sees a variety of fungal diseases (root rot, rust disease, needle blight and others) that can significantly impact trees. One common example is Hypoxylon Canker, which attacks hardwoods like oaks and maples.  Symptoms include sunken cankers on the bark, wilting branches, and eventually, crown dieback. These diseases can not only weaken trees but also make them more susceptible to other threats.

It’s important to make sure that any trees or shrubbery that pose a threat to the other vegetation on your property be removed before the infestation or illness spreads. Blackhawk Tree Services has a dedicated team of professional ISA-certified arborists that can help you diagnose and take care of any problems you might have with tree pests and diseases.

Benefits of Early Detection & Prevention of Tree Pests & Diseases

The key to protecting your trees from these silent invaders lies in early detection and prevention.  Just like any health issue, addressing problems early on leads to better outcomes for your trees. Early detection allows for swift action, minimizing the spread of pests and diseases to other trees in your yard or neighborhood. When identified in the early stages, pests and diseases are often easier to treat and eradicate. There is a better chance of saving your tree and restoring it to full health if tree pests and diseases are not left to spread. Once a tree pest infestation or disease has progressed significantly, treatment options become limited. In some cases, the damage may be irreversible, leading to the heartbreaking loss of your tree.  

Benefits of Professional Tree Services

  • Preventative Measures: Professional services can include proactive steps like insect barrier treatments and fungicide applications. These preventative measures act as a shield, reducing the risk of future infestations and diseases before they even have a chance to take root.
  • Unmatched Expertise: Certified arborists possess a vast understanding of tree biology, pest and disease identification, and treatment strategies. They stay up-to-date on the latest research and best practices, ensuring your trees receive the most effective care possible.
  • Years of Experience: Professional tree services are staffed by experienced arborists who have honed their skills through years of working with a wide variety of tree species and challenges. This practical experience allows them to recognize subtle signs of trouble and develop effective solutions tailored to your specific situation.
  • ISA Certification: Many professional tree services employ arborists who hold ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certification. This rigorous certification program demonstrates their commitment to professional excellence and adherence to the highest industry standards. By choosing an ISA-certified arborist, you gain peace of mind knowing your trees are in the hands of a qualified professional. Learn more about ISA certified arborists

DIY Tree Care Limitations: Prioritizing Knowledge and Safety

While the internet offers a wealth of information on DIY tree care, there are significant limitations to this approach for most NC homeowners. Partnering with a professional tree care service provider is the safest and most effective option.

Accurately diagnosing pests and diseases often requires a trained eye and in-depth knowledge of tree biology. Misdiagnosis can lead to applying the wrong treatment, potentially harming your tree further. Professional arborists have the expertise to identify specific threats and recommend the most appropriate course of action.

Many pest control products and fungicides require specific application techniques and safety protocols. Incorrect application can be ineffective at best, and harmful to your tree or surrounding plants at worst. Professional tree services utilize specialized equipment and ensure the safe and controlled application of these products.

Raleigh & The Greater Triangle Tree Care Specialists 

Don’t wait for a problem to arise before taking action! Blackhawk Tree Services ISA-certified arborists can identify potential concerns and risk to your trees and recommend a proper plan of care to help keep your trees healthy. We take pride in providing the best tree service care in Raleigh and surrounding cities ( Apex, Cary, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina). Our arborists work hard to ensure your trees remain healthy, vibrant, and a cherished part of your landscape for years to come.  Contact Blackhawk Tree Services today to schedule a consultation and discuss how we can help you protect your trees!