Here at Bugman we have been treating trees for over 30 years. We are experienced in the local tree problems and have been working on perfecting our treatments since day 1. We offer the treatments that work best for each specific problem we encounter, which includes power spraying, tree injections, soil applications, and deep root fertilization. We always follow the label of each product used and take all the safety measures necessary to use products responsibly. We always work with the safety of our customers and their properties in mind.

This year brought forth many problems for pinion trees. Our current drought has made it possible for bark beetle to multiply and bring forth greater damage to our local trees. Our region hasn’t been affected this badly since the 2003 influx of bark beetle. Bark beetle was heavily present throughout 2021 and with our current climate we are preparing for an even larger outbreak in the 2022 season. We believe this to be the biggest threat to pinion trees this upcoming season. The damage is visible in many areas, thousands of pinion trees have been killed and we see the damage continuing. Pinion needle scale was heavily present and deals much damage to pinion trees as well. Scale will damage pinions to the point where they lose the vast amount of their foliage and appears as a fuzzy cotton on the tree (their eggs) and as small black bumps all over the needles (the actual bug). Twig beetle was heavily present this year as well. Twig beetle kills off branches of pinions starting with smaller twigs and progressively kills off larger branches of pinions. With bark beetle present, the damage from twig beetle and pinion needle scale will signal for bark beetle into killing off the tree. The only sure way to protect pinion trees against bark beetle, twig beetle, pinion needle scale, and other tree pests is by getting your pinion trees power sprayed with an effective product. (First picture: trees we sprayed for bark beetle on the left and on the right those trees were treated by another company for bark beetle. Second Picture: Tree on left treated by us annually for scale trees on right were left untreated. Next 3 bark beetle, next 1 scale , next 2 twig beetle.).

Aspens, spruce, pinions, pine, and more trees all dealt with many fungus issues during this last season. Fungicides can be power sprayed onto a tree to help reduce and prevent the spread of fungus. There are also injections into the cambium of a tree, and certain deep root fertilizing solutions that can be used as treatments for fungus. Tent caterpillar was widely found last season and infest mainly deciduous and in instances, conifers as well.  Elm trees are very numerous in New Mexico due to the number of seed they produce. Many elm trees become infested with elm scale. This scale attaches to suck sap from the tree. The scale causes an excessive dripping of honeydew from the tree and result in stains to objects under the tree such as stucco and cars, which in turn can result in property damage. Elm trees can be injected with a systemic insecticide that will correct scale problems. Aphids and spider mite infested many trees this year and can cause the same dripping of honeydew from trees as scale, while also doing heavy damage to the foliage of trees. In some cases, they can even defoliate a tree. These bugs infest conifers and deciduous trees alike and have a few different treatments available to rid a tree of an infestation. Locusts, fruit trees, and others dealt with a large increase in borer activity. Borers will weaken a tree making it susceptible to wind damage and can damage a tree enough to kill it off entirely. Treatments are available for borers. (First 2 pictures are fungus problems, next picture is a foliage insect like aphids and spider mite, next 2 pictures are borer damage, last picture is tent caterpillar.)

Spring, before the tree blossoms, is the best time to get your fruit trees sprayed with a dormant oil. Doing this has really shown to be beneficial to fruit trees, suffocating any insects and eggs that can potentially infest your tree and fruit that season. Many customers have claimed that the spring dormant oil application has helped their fruit from blooming too early protecting from freeze damage. Dorman oil also also acts as a fungicide and miticide.

Fertilizing is essential to replacing depleted nutrients in the soil. We offer deep root fertilizing, a treatment that makes nutrients available directly to the roots as opposed to just soaking the topsoil. For example, replenishing nitrogen in the spring pushes nice new growth in the growing season, while iron can correct chlorosis. We have products available with our fertilizers to help the trees that had extreme fungal problems in previous years. These nutrients strengthen the health of the tree to naturally defend against fungus problems and other stressors. Trees that have never thrived or are struggling can really benefit from fertilizing.  An overall healthy tree is more inclined to deal with stresses of insects and diseases, so even if a tree appears healthy deep root fertilization should be considered.

Many tree pests and treatments are not covered in this letter, so if your tree is having problems most likely there is a treatment available. Contact us for inspection or to schedule a treatment. Thank you for your time and business.

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