A Quick Guide to Identifying Tree Pests

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Trees can face various problems, and pests are among the most common. Whether you’re dealing with a suspected pest issue or simply want to learn more about tree pests, here’s a primer on some of the most prevalent ones:


If you notice a clear, sticky liquid on your tree, it might be honeydew, a byproduct of aphids feeding on sap and sugar. This substance can lead to sooty mold, further harming the tree. While aphids can affect many tree species, they’re particularly common on lindens and tulip poplars.


Tree-eating beetles come in many species, each with its preferred tree types. Elm beetles, pine beetles, spruce beetles, and alder flea beetles are just a few examples. Beetles can damage trees by stealing nutrients and consuming leaves.


Various caterpillar species feed on tree foliage and fruit. Look for webs or tents in the branches, where caterpillars live and feed.


Though not insects, woodpeckers can be damaging pests, especially if they’re targeting a tree. While woodpeckers can be beneficial, they’re federally protected, so it’s essential to address any nuisance behavior without harming the bird or tree.

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