Do You Need To Worry About The Current Pine Beetle Infestation?

By: albertaarb - October 16, 2016

Often, news reports provide details about invasive species that end up causing a lot of damage among large sections of ecosystems that have no natural defence against the invader. Fish such as the Asian carp have been blamed for throwing entire lakes and streams out of whack, reproducing so quickly and efficiently that the waters are soon choked with this one type of fish.

Pine beetles are indigenous to Canada and the United States, even if they do invade massive swaths of land across North America. The devastation that this tiny insect has created cuts across mountain ranges and forest across western North America. For this reason, you should check to make sure your pine tree hasn’t been infested with this destructive pest.

What Is The Pine Beetle?

Typical pine beetles measure half a centimetre long, with a matte black shell that makes them appear like a tiny grain of dark rice. The pine beetle’s favourite home tends to be in mountainous and forested areas with plenty of pine trees to consume. To reproduce, these insects dig channels into wood and bark, laying tiny larvae that eventually hatch within the tree, starting the cycle anew.

This type of insect has been aided by recent changes in climate, which has resulted in unusually long and intense warm seasons, which gives the pine beetle a longer period of time to travel from tree to tree. Frost has been the main mechanism of keeping this insect in check. The warmer temperatures assure the continued spread of the pest.

Unprecedented Epidemic

Instead of affecting a smaller area, pine beetles have been able to spread across continents, instead of affecting a single state or forest. Those who live in Calgary have been exposed to this pest due to its quick march across British Columbia pine forests. If you see any beetles or suspect an infection, you risk the life of your tree if you don’t act.

Arborists Are Tree Doctors

Prevent your pine tree from succumbing to insect blight by contacting an arborist, especially if you believe there’s a problem already underway.

At Alberta Arborists, we have helped countless people get rid of trees safely and efficiently, and we can help you, too. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to deal with any tree removal in any location and can ensure no damage is done to your property.

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