GYPSY MOTHS ARE BACK!!
After several years without much gypsy moth activity, we have seen the pesky bugs make a comeback in some parts of Michigan.
In addition to being messy, with fuzzy worms and worm poop, they can cause a significant stress to our trees. Defoliation of oaks in repeated years can make the trees susceptible to invasion by the 2LCB (two-lined chestnut borer), an insect that can kill the oak just as surely as the emerald ash borer kills ash trees. THAT IS THE BAD NEWS!
HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS!
The same product that we use to treat and prevent ash borers can be used to treat and prevent both of these pests. An injection in the fall with emamectin benzoate can give two (and maybe three) years of control of gypsy moths and can prevent the borers from killing the trees.
COST OF TREATMENT
If you measure around the tree at about 4 feet above ground level and call us with that measurement, we can give you an exact estimate of the cost to treat. The average large oak tree may cost $200 to $300 for two years of control. If there are multiple trees at one address or multiple trees in a neighborhood getting treated, the cost can be less.