What are Borers and are they treatable in Texas?

Do you have a problem with Borers in Arlington, Texas? The borers I’m referring to encompass a variety of species (beetles, wasps, caterpillars, etc.) in their respective larval stage of development. These tiny, baby insects, love to chew and feast on the inner bark and wood of trees and can be found in every city throughout Texas, including Arlington, TX.

Where I can I find borers?

Like a lion attacking a heard of gazelles… Borers tend to gravitate towards soft targets like: the weak, the young, and the old. Trees in poor health and newly planted tress are prime candidates for borers.

Trees and plants that are known to be vulnerable include: Ash, azalea, birch, black locust, cherry, dogwood, elm, honey locust, lilac, maple, mountain ash, oak, pecan, pine, plum, polar, and rhododendron.

How can I tell if a tree is has borers in it?

Like a good assassin, borers are silently and deadly. They feed unseen inside the roots, trunks, branches and twigs of many different trees. They girdle the vascular system like bad cholesterol, and disrupt the normal flow of water and nutrients. This goes on until the tree weakens and the wood becomes more susceptible to breakage and fire.

The first signs of a borer attack are often sawdust-like material and/or sap and resin oozing from small holes in tree trunks or branches. Bark appears swollen, knotty and callused, and may develop cracks that eventually cause small areas to break off. Other symptoms may include the leaves in the upper part of a tree, becoming undersized and discolored, as it’s twigs and small branches begin to die. Eventually, cracks will develop, small areas start breaking off and the tree essentially falls apart and becomes the tinder needed for a forest fire.

How do I ensure my trees and plants stay healthy?

The best way manage these little critters is by keeping the tree in good in health. Properly fertilizing, mulching, watering and controlling other insects and diseases goes a long way. These practices help increase your tree’s tolerance to borer attacks, and may help it recover if borers are already present.

In fact, there are most borers are susceptible to treatments depending on the species, infestation severity, and health of the host tree. Unfortunately, trees with advanced infestations are often not salvageable.

If you need help protecting your trees from borers and other pests, contact TREES HURT TOO for an inspection.