Saving the Hemlock Trees from Beetles
The pine trees in front of the house started looking poorly. I called a tree service and he told me they had Hemlock Woolly Adelgid beetles. There are 8 trees and they are big. They screen the log cabin from the road and I really wanted to save them.
We did some research and found that you can treat them yourself with any of the Bayer Advanced products that kill beetles. We used Bayer Advanced Tree & Shrub Insect Control.
I never saw the beetles, but this is what the trees look like. The beetles leave this weird cottony stuff on the trees. Then the branches start to die off. The insecticide isn’t cheap, but neither is paying someone to remove a dead tree.
One of the smaller trees died completely.
Treating My Trees
It was really easy to treat the trees. We just followed the directions on the poison. Basically, pour it on with water. A few years later we started seeing the cotton and the dried up branches again, so we treated them again.
Bayer’s website says that any of these will kill the beetles:
It just depends how big your trees are and how many you have.
- 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed
- 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed II
- 3-in-1 Disease & Mite Control
- Natria Multi-Insect Control
- 3-in-1 Tree & Shrub Plant Starter
- Natria Insecticidal Soap
We used Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree & Shrub Insect Control and it worked.