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Insect treamment for Red Maple?

Posted by vinnie_s NJ (My Page) on
Fri, May 9, 08 at 10:09

My Red Maple is infested with these boring insects. The wood just powders right off. There are pinhead size and walk very fast. There seems to be other insects as well. I also have several Autumn Blaze Maples that have similar infestations, including some caterpillars. These are my second round of Maples that I have, and I am done with replacing them. Clearly, I live in an area (farm area) where these trees attract these pests. Is there any treatment I can purchase locally, that can save these trees? If they die, I am not replacing them. There are nearly 5 years old. Also, does that tar-like repair coating at Lowes, help?

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RE: Insect treamment for Red Maple?

I have used seven dust on mine without any problems. If the bugs are boaring into the wood I am not sure what you could use....maybe someone will know. Good Luck. -Ivy

RE: Insect treamment for Red Maple?

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Sat, May 10, 08 at 14:14

If they are boring into the tree, they are "telling" you that your tree is stressed.

Unfortunately, after a stressed tree has borers, it's life is in a downward spiral. In other words, the borers are often the final blow.

If the tree is very important to you, it would be wise to have a certified arborist come for an on-site evaluation.

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