Arbor-wellness: Bronze Birch Borer
One of the most beautiful trees in the landscape is the birch tree. Soft foliage that flutters in the wind, smooth white or papery cream bark and beautiful fall colors make this tree a favorite for many people.
Unfortunately, it is also the favorite tree of a destructive insect called the bronze birch borer. This relatively small flying beetle has a deadly appetite for birch trees, burying through the outer bark to lay eggs inside the tree. The new larvae then eat the living tissue right below the bark, stopping the water and nutrients from getting to the top of the tree.
Dead tops on birch trees are the first visible sign, but protection of your trees should begin before then.
Your Arborwell arborist knows how to create a sound, cost effective plan to protect these trees in your landscape.
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