South Florida is home to a number of Oak species that grow in variable conditions which invariably brings along a number of pests.
It's important to regularly inspect your oak trees for signs of pests and diseases, and to take action quickly to prevent them from spreading. If you are unsure about how to identify or get rid of a pest or disease in your oak tree, it's best to consult with a local arborist or tree care professional.
Here are some common pests found in oak trees and how to identify and get rid of them:
Oak Wilt: This is a fungal disease that can cause leaf discoloration, wilting, and defoliation in oak trees. It can be identified by a discoloration of the bark and leaves, and can be spread through root grafts between trees. To get rid of oak wilt, infected trees must be removed and destroyed, and surrounding trees should be treated with a fungicide.
Gypsy Moth: This is a common pest that can defoliate oak trees. Gypsy moth caterpillars can be identified by their hairy bodies and blue and red dots. To get rid of gypsy moths, you can use sticky bands around the trunk of the tree to trap the caterpillars, or use a biological control like Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).
Oak Leaf Roller: This is another common pest that can cause defoliation in oak trees. Oak leaf rollers can be identified by the webbing they create around the leaves, and the rolled leaves themselves. To get rid of oak leaf rollers, you can prune off infected leaves, or use a biological control like Bt.
Oak Lace Bug: This is a small, winged insect that feeds on the leaves of oak trees. It can cause leaf discoloration, wilting, and defoliation. Oak lace bugs can be identified by the white or yellow spots they leave on the leaves, and their small size. To get rid of oak lace bugs, you can use insecticides like neem oil or spinosad.
Oak Spider Mite: This is a common pest that can cause leaf discoloration and defoliation in oak trees. Oak spider mites can be identified by the webbing they create on the leaves, and their small size. To get rid of oak spider mites, you can use insecticides like neem oil or spinosad.
If you're facing issues with your oak tree that require professional assistance, our tree service experts are here to help. Contact Manley Tree Service today for a consultation and let us help you keep your tree healthy and thriving for years to come (954) 566-7220