Common Tree Diseases and Pests in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Common Tree Diseases and Pests in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Trees are beautiful parts of our ecosystem. They not only provide shade on hot days, but they also host a variety of Massachusetts wildlife, including tree squirrels and many varieties of birds. At Altura Tree Service, we understand the importance of keeping your property’s trees healthy and free from disease and pests. Our team is highly skilled in identifying and removing at-risk trees, as well as providing insights on healthy tree education to our clients.

We are more than just a tree trimming and removal service. Our company’s president’s grandfather was a professional arborist and we uphold his values in every service we provide to keep the trees in Cape Cod as healthy as can be! Additionally, Altura Tree Service is a proud member of both the Tree Care Industry of America (TCIA) and the Massachusetts Arborist Association. With our active membership and arborist education, we can properly identify common tree diseases and pests that affect many trees in our Cape Cod area. Keep reading to learn more and get a quote today for your tree care needs!

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

One of the most common pests that we see in Massachusetts is the hemlock woolly adelgid. This insect is closely related to the aphids and was introduced to the state in 1988 due to an existing ongoing infestation in Connecticut. This insect primarily attacks the Carolina and Eastern Hemlock, severely weakening the structure of the tree and killing it within three to five years. Treatments include horticulture sprays and close monitoring.

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Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer is another devastating pest that continues to spread throughout the state of Massachusetts. This small, invasive beetle was first detected in our state in 2012 causing the entire state to be a national quarantine zone, limiting the movement of all hardwood firewood, green wood products, nursery stock, and any plant materials from any ash species. This beetle infects and kills ash trees with its larvae that tunnels under the bark moving water and sugar along the trunk. Biocontrols, like parasitic wasps, have been released by the state to help eliminate this invasive species.

cedar apple rust

Cedar Apple Rust

When caring for trees, especially apple or crabapple trees and junipers, you may encounter cedar apple rust. This rust is caused by a species called Gymnosporangium and is most notable due to the bright red-orange-yellow spots that show up on the leaves of trees mid-summer. This disease causes premature defoliation and reduces fruit quality. If it lasts for several seasons, it may result in tree death. Pruning is the best route to promote light and airflow to manage the disease.

beech bark

Beech Bark Disease

Beech bark disease is a disease-insect complex that affects the American Beech Tree’s branches and the main trunk. The scale insects suck nutrients from the tree bark and branches, creating scales that look like white-colored flecks. After the fungus is established, red, oval-shaped masses appear. Once the bark is killed the tree is more prone to breaking. Insecticide treatments are needed to prevent further spread.

If you suspect your trees have fallen victim to any of these Massachusetts parasites or diseases, it is best to call in a professional arborist. At Altura Tree Service, we have over 20 years of experience caring for native trees and identifying these troubling common tree issues. When caring for your trees it is best to perform regular tree maintenance, ensuring your trees are healthy and prepared for the next season. Whether you are looking for tree trimming, pruning, or even tree removal, our highly trained team can provide you with the best tree care services to keep your trees healthy for years to come. Call us today!