Bugs on/in Weeping Purple Beech

mercime(5)August 6, 2012

Within a few days to my horror my weeping purple beech had many of its leaves stripped from the stems. On closer examination, I saw these furry little bugs. Then I noticed a hole in the bark of the trunk and I see other little entry holes. I sprayed the leaves and stem with Sevin and poured FertiLome tree and bush insect drench at it's base. This happened and so fast! Had I been out of town, I would have lost this tree. What are those furry little things and is it the same thing as what is eating the bark? Is there anything else I should do? I don't see how to post both pictures so will follow with the borer hole picture.

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mercime(5)

One large hole and multiple small borer? holes. Would these small furry bugs be responsible for stripping the leaves?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 5:41PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

Imidacloprid is a systemic..

once you put that in the soil.. you went into hyper-overdrive.. with a surfactant ... one might suggest.. that at that point.. it was polluting ...

dont get me wrong.. i fully believe in total nuclear chemical warfare .. but that is the systemic ...

is this one brand new.. like the viburnum post????

if so.. your local nursery has some big problems ...

its hard to tell from your pic.. but it looks like there is significant borer damage above the hole ...

can this one be returned also???

ken

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 6:37PM
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mercime(5)

what is your recommendation on the viburnums? Better to get new helthy plants even though they are smaller or take them all back or only if they are less than 50% girdled? The beech tree is several years old. Will it survive?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 1:30PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I know you can do a better job of taking a good picture of the 'furry bugs'. Snip off a piece of a branch so that you can lay it down somewhere to take a close-up.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 2:52PM
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mercime(5)

what is your recommendation on the viburnums? Better to get new helthy plants even though they are smaller or take them all back or only if they are less than 50% girdled? The beech tree is several years old. Will it survive?

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 10:34AM
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mercime(5)

Whatever it was, the Fertilome Tree and Bush Drench took care of it and it is thriving this year.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 12:59PM
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