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Ashley Langridge
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I had a large oak tree taken down near power lines and an outdoor kitchen. I was well informed about the work they were going to do and how long it should take. The team was professional, fast and dropped the tree safely. They used a bucket truck and climber to trim branches from the top half of the tree with no damage to the yard around the tree.  I am extremely pleased with Driscoll Tree service work.

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We called to have two large pine trees removed since they were in the way of where we needed to put our fence. We are slackers and always wait until the last minute to do anything so of course, we tried to find someone that could take these out quickly as we needed it done ASAP. These guys came out the same day I called and were able to get them out the next day. I was so impressed by how nice and professional they are, it’s nearly impossible to get anyone to come out and/or follow up with anything so it was extremely refreshing that they did both without me having to call and ask what the hold up was. I will forever use this company for future needs. Thank you again!!

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The Hidden Dangers of Bagworms

Bagworms are a type of moth larvae that can wreak havoc on trees and shrubs, causing severe damage and premature tree removal projects. Despite their small size and discreet appearance, these pests pose hidden dangers that can harm the health and aesthetics of your property’s greenery. As a property owner, hiring a tree care company for routine inspections can prevent infestation and subsequent repercussions. If you suspect a problem with your trees, the experts at Driscoll Tree Service can help. Let’s look at the various dangers associated with bagworm infestations and the strategies for prevention and control.

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Damage to Foliage

The most obvious danger bagworms pose is foliage damage on trees and shrubs. Bagworm larvae feed ravenously on the leaves of host plants, compromising the overall health of the plant. Severe infestations can cause stunted growth, branch dieback, and even tree removal in case of death. Certified arborists can detect signs of deterioration early and recommend effective solutions to prevent extensive damage to foliage.

Stress and Weakness

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Besides foliage damage, bagworm infestations can stress and weaken the host plant. As the larvae consume nutrients from the leaves, the tree’s ability to photosynthesize and produce energy is affected. Once the immune system is ultimately compromised, the tree becomes more susceptible to other pests, diseases, and environmental stressors. Stressed plants are less resilient and may struggle to recover from infestations, leading to long-term decline.

Disruption of Aesthetic Appeal

Bagworms can lower the aesthetic appeal of trees and shrubs, especially in ornamental landscapes. The presence of unsightly bags hanging from branches and the sight of defoliated foliage can also diminish the beauty and value of your property. We recommend routine tree trimming and pruning of infested trees and shrubs to enhance plant health and the overall esthetic of your landscape. A reputable tree care company can employ effective control measures, maintaining the aesthetic integrity of your outdoor space.

Spread to Other Plants

Another hidden danger of bagworms is their potential to spread to other plants within the landscape. Adult female bagworm moths can disperse over considerable distances, laying eggs on various host plants as they search for suitable sites. This can cause infestations throughout the landscape, affecting multiple trees and shrubs. Routine inspections and maintenance by a tree service expert can contain the spread of bagworms, ensuring minor signs of pest damage are addressed. 

Economic Costs

Beyond the immediate threats to plant health and aesthetics, bagworm infestations can also incur economic costs for property owners. The expenses associated with treating and controlling infestations, including the purchase of insecticides, hiring professional tree service providers, and replacing damaged plants, can add up quickly. Also, the long-term effect of reduced property value and diminished curb appeal can add to the financial burden of bagworm infestations. Investing in preventive measures like routine tree pruning and early intervention can help mitigate these economic costs.

Bagworms may go undetected at first, but their presence can have long-term consequences for the health, appearance, and value of your landscape. Contact us at Driscoll Tree Service and talk to our arborists about the hidden dangers of bagworm infestations for effective prevention and control measures. We provide comprehensive services, including tree pruning, fertilization, removal, and tree trimming, preserving the beauty and vitality of your outdoor spaces.

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