Tree & Shrub Pests

Leaf-Chewing Caterpillars in Southern Maryland

Leaf-Chewing Caterpillars in Southern Maryland

Leaf-chewing caterpillars can wreak havoc on your beautiful plants. We look at how to get rid of caterpillars to protect your plants from their damage. As children, we were all taught about the beautiful process of metamorphosis that results in gorgeous butterflies....

Horned Oak Gall Wasp in Southern Maryland

Horned Oak Gall Wasp in Southern Maryland

Your oak trees may be at risk of a horned oak gall wasp infestation, which can affect their health. Find out more about this pest and what to do. Around 2 million Americans are allergic to the venom of stinging bugs. This includes bees, hornets, and wasps. But when it...

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Southern Maryland

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Southern Maryland

An invasive pest, the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid sucks and depletes nutrients from hemlock trees. If left untreated, hemlock trees could be dead within four years. Almost a quarter of all land that could have infestations with hemlock wooly adelgid has an ongoing problem....

Gypsy Moth in Southern Maryland

Gypsy Moth in Southern Maryland

The Gypsy Moth is a type of forest pest that can infest and damage trees. These pests feed on the leaves and can completely defoliate a tree. Since people introduced them to the USA in 1869, the gypsy moth has become one of the most dangerous creatures for hardwood...

Fungus Gnat in Southern Maryland

Fungus Gnat in Southern Maryland

The Fungus Gnat often plagues indoor houseplants like orchids. If left unchecked, these pests can damage and destroy your plants. The fungus gnat is a fast-breeding insect. Its entire life cycle happens in as few as 21 days, meaning it can populate an area very...

Emerald Ash Borer in Southern Maryland

Emerald Ash Borer in Southern Maryland

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive pest, responsible for destroying millions of trees. Here are some ways you can protect your Ash trees from this pest. What Is the Threat? The Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis, is also known as EAB. This wood-boring beetle is...

Conifer Spider Mites in Southern Maryland

Conifer Spider Mites in Southern Maryland

Conifer spider mites are insects that eat the chlorophyll of your plant's leaves, creating yellowing, brown spots, and eventually dead leaves. With a size of only 1/60th of an inch in some cases, spider mites can be very hard to identify. These creatures are common...

Thrips in Southern Maryland

Thrips in Southern Maryland

Thrips can cause damage to indoor and outdoor plants without the right prevent strategy. Here is a guide on how to get rid of Thrips in Southern Maryland. What Is the Threat? Thrips are skinny insects with fringed wings. Fully grown, they only measure up to one...

Japanese Beetle in Southern Maryland

Japanese Beetle in Southern Maryland

What Is the Threat? The Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica Newman) is a widespread pest that's known to destroy different types of plant life around most of the United States. Infestations can occur in the following areas: Turf grasses Landscape plants...

Bagworms in Southern Maryland

Bagworms in Southern Maryland

What Are Bagworms? Bagworms are not only a single species. They comprise the larval stage of over one thousand different moth species. The name bagworm comes from the egg sac they start their life in. The bagworm lifecycle includes a stage where the flightless adult...