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WANTED: Dead or Alive

The Spotted Lanternfly The spotted lanternfly is native to Asia, but has recently been "spotted" in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia as well as New Jersey. Although New York has not shown any signs of infestation, this could be due to their low numbers sneaking past detection. Sadly, we know its just a matter of time. They [...]

July 17th, 2018|

Caterpillars Everywhere!

You may have noticed a massive influx of caterpillars this time of year. The cottony, spindly webs adorning your trees may look like they are cause by the same pest, but their inhabitants are very different. The webworm, bagworm and tent caterpillar all start their lives in similar thready nests. These webs act as protection [...]

July 9th, 2018|

Webworm!

By now, you have probably noticed the spindly, white, webbed nests of the fall webworm emerging. Not to be confused with the eastern tent caterpillar. The nests of the webworm tend to be much larger and messier than that of the tent caterpillar. Also, the webworm weave their nests nearer to the ends of the [...]

June 28th, 2018|

Oak Wilt

Oak wilt is a serious fungal disease that is taking over Long Island. Although it can affect all oak trees, the red oaks are much more susceptible to infection and will succumb much faster than the white oaks. The red oaks are defined by their leaves with pointed tips, where as the white oaks have [...]

June 19th, 2018|

Woolly What?

Woolly Wax!A common problem facing our Pines is the Pine Bark Adelgid. These colorful insects produce a woolly wax, damaging shoots and immature branches. Adelgids secrete a protective fiber, giving the appearance of white, strand-like filaments. A tree presenting with this "woolly wax" has often been described as appearing snow-covered or whitewashed. The adelgid prefer [...]

June 12th, 2018|

Invasion of the Gypsy Moths!

Every now and then, environmental conditions can converge into a “perfect storm” of pests. If you live on Long Island, you know these pests to be the dreaded Gypsy Moth caterpillars. These voracious little leaf munchers will wreak HAVOC on your foliage. During the late weeks of July and into August, adult gypsy moths will [...]

May 11th, 2018|

New Tree & Ornamental Info from LIAA Meeting at Hofstra

Our team  went in full force to the Long Island Arborists Association's 45th Annual Tree Symposium at Hofstra University. We  were able to get information and ask scientific experts about some of the upcoming tree and ornamental pests facing us on Long Island. These include: Emerald Ash Borer, Southern Pine Beetle, Asiatic Long-Horned Beetle, White [...]

February 9th, 2017|

Will We Have an Outbreak of Insects in 2013?

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Scientists are predicting a potential outbreak of tree damaging insects in the upcoming year(s) both in tracts of forests and in urban landscapes due to climate change and stress caused by weather events like super storm Sandy. Eastern white pines, spruces and fir trees have all been badly hurt by [...]

February 1st, 2013|