You may see white tree fuzz manifest on your tree. Some people think it’s snow, but it isn’t. The Lake Stevens area doesn’t even see a whole lot of snowfall. The fuzz is common in fir and evergreen trees and appears on the branches and pine needles. Find out what the fuzz is and if it’s cause for alarm.
Many people think the cotton-like fuzz is a type of fungus. It’s not a fungus. To the surprise of many, it’s actually an insect known as the hemlock woolly adelgid. Sadly, this isn’t one of those beneficial pollinators or bugs that eat the destructive pests. This bug is problematic, and you need to inform emergency tree service.
As its name implies, hemlock woollies make its habitat on hemlock fir trees. While they’re more commonplace on the East Coast, they’re also a common species in Washington state.
This pest is actually a tiny blackish insect, but has a surface coat of white and wax-like “fur.” They’re classified as a pest because they consume the tree’s sap. As this occurs, the tree may begin losing its leaves, or the leaves may appear discolored. If nothing is done about it, the tree may fall ill and die. When removing dead trees, it’s not unusual to discover remnants of hemlock woolies on the branches.
As a preventive action, you can apply horticultural oil starting early spring. This kills the woolly and most other invasive insects. A tree service provider may also inject an insecticide into the soil as an extra protective measure.
Call Pro-Cut Tree Service if you see the signs of an infestation. Other pests like aphids also have fuzz grow on their body. We deal with the hemlock wooly and all other harmful pests that inhabit the Seattle area.
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