Invasion of the Stink Bugs

stink bugs

Do you have Stink Bugs flying around inside your house?  As with many insects, Stink Bugs have become much more prevalent in recent years. When Fall time approaches and it begins to cool down, the only way Stink Bugs can survive is to find a way into warm houses to get through the Winter.

This is Craig, the owner of Tree Green.  I live on a wooded lot and we have been inundated with these critters the last two winters. It made no sense as to how so many were getting inside since our house is pretty much air tight from the outside cold. I figured the only way in which that many bugs could get in and be present on a consistent basis was through some big opening that expelled noticeable warmth. Then it dawned on me… it had to be the chimney flue.

We have a gas log fireplace that we don’t use as much as we should. I shined a super bright LCD flashlight in the firebox and saw some dead Stink Bugs lying around and knew I was on to something.

I opened the flue/vent trap which we hadn’t opened as of yet this year and a few more dropped out. Then I looked upwards inside the flue and attached to the bricks and mortar, in little crevasses and on the bricks, I saw many live Stink Bugs and I could just tell they were all laughing at me. After that we started a fire and more fell. We must have killed hundreds! If you are not in the habit of using your fireplace this may be where most are coming from. We have heard that indoor extermination companies can also deal with this issue if a fire isn’t possible.

We hope this everyone with this issue.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Tree Green!

QUINCE RUST (AND RESULTING ORANGE DUST) ON HAWTHORN TREES AND THEIR FRUIT

Several of you have us spray your Hawthorns for Scab and Quince Rust.  This year you may be noticing that the little round balls of fruit on Hawthorns have orange spikes and may be dropping some orange dust on the leaves and on your sidewalks, patios and driveways.

quince rust

Our main goal is to keep the leaves from turning black and dropping too early and our sprays are accomplishing that. However, the Quince Rust on the little fruiting balls are not responding as well to the spray applications. Why is this?

Those little fruiting balls have a waxy, slippery outer coating making it more difficult for our sprays to adhere to the fruit. The leaves, stems and branches, however, are more porous allowing them to better absorb the product, yielding much better results.

There are all types of funguses out there and the wetter the Spring, the worse fungal issues are, some years worse than others. We can’t control every single fungus that might occur as we can’t predict which strains of fungus might be an issue from year to year. As a comparison, different strains of human flu also vary from year to year. Doctors do their best to determine which strains to vaccinate against when we get our yearly flu shot. As we all know and may have experienced, that doesn’t mean that we won’t get the flu that year. All we can do is control the worst funguses that do the most leaf damage to your Crabs and Hawthorns.

It is important to note that the Quince Rust dust on or from the fruit will not weaken or kill the tree.

You can simply hose off your patios, sidewalks, etc. if you are noticing orange dust.

 

 

BAGWORMS ON ARBORVITE BUSHES

There has been a resurgence of ‘Bagworms’. These insects feed on several types of pine or evergreen but we are presently seeing them doing a lot of damage to Arborvite.

bagworms - damaged arborvite

a line of arborvite being damaged by bagworms

dried-up individual Bagworm ‘pod’

These insects can do a lot of damage in a short time. There can literally be hundreds present on a single shrub. Bagworms feed while creating a protective cocoon around themselves. Within the pod the female will lay eggs and her offspring will emerge to create more damage both this year and next season.

Above is a 25 second video of a Bagworm hard at work feeding and damaging this Arborvite. Notice the new pods are green at this stage of infestation.

If you spot Bagworms on your property, please give us a call!