How the Tiny Satin Moth Can Be a Huge Pain

By: albertaarb - April 22, 2015

Trees are an asset that make your property more beautiful, and more valuable. They provide shade, protection from wind and a pleasant view. While trees are generally hardy and resilient, insects and disease can do irreversible damage if left unchecked. There is currently a real threat to local trees, but fortunately, it is a threat that can be prevented and treated with proper care.

The satin moth is a commonly occurring pest in the area, and doesn't usually present a huge problem. They typically feed on the foliage of Poplar trees, although they can be found feeding on Willow and Oak trees as well. They can quickly defoliate a tree when they are at their height of feeding. 

What Is Causing The Satin Moth Problem?

Most healthy, mature trees can handle an assault by Satin Moths with no lingering ill effects. However, this year, certain climatic and environmental conditions have been particularly favorable to the moths. This means that they are even more prevalent than usual. The population of moths has exploded.

The problem is that while a healthy tree can withstand one or even two Satin Moth attacks, repeated exposure can cause so much damage that the tree can't recover.

What Can Be Done About It?

Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to prevent more damage from occurring to your trees. The local area has taken some steps to prevent the overall problem by introducing natural predators into the environment. This usually happens on its own, but given the nature of the rapid population increase, it has been necessary to intervene.

Other effective means of combating the problem include high-pressure water washing of the tree. This knocks the larvae and eggs loose. If you find that your tree has been infested, your local tree service can come out and take care of this for you.

Another option is to apply "sticky bands" to the trunk. This will help trap the caterpillars as they make their way up the tree to feed.

Identifying Satin Moths

The moths themselves are approximately 3.5 to 5.0 cm long and are white with satiny-looking wings. You can recognize them by the black and white bands on their legs. The caterpillars are light gray to light brown, about 4.0 cm long and have a darker head and back with white or yellow markings up and down the back. Eggs are frequently laid on leaves and can be found on the ground and around the trunk.

For more information on treating trees and preventing damage you can contact your local arborist. Remember that Satin Moths can cause permanent damage and even death to your trees.

Managing Satin Moths

If you're not sure how to manage satin moths on your trees, you need not worry. We at Alberta Arborists can help. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to deal satin moths as well as other pests that can attack your trees.

For more information about our tree service please do not hesitate to contact us.

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