Types of Tree Worms and How to Get Rid Of Them

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Types of Tree Worms and How to Get Rid Of Them

Trees are vulnerable to be attacked by worms during the better time of the year. Even if your tree is strong enough to survive worm damage, the worms building homes and flourishing on the tree can make the tree look uglier and as a result the whole garden or lawn etc. There a number of worms that can damage the trees and plants. If you are aware about the kinds of worms that can damage trees, then you can certainly be confident about their prevention remedies. Few out of many worms are described as below:

  • The Fall Webworm: This type of Tree Worm looks like a caterpillar. It has long, pointed hairs, coming out from all the sides of its body. Babies of these worms are capable of spinning the web on tree branches, and this allows them to eat the leaves easily. In such a way the tree might not get actually damage but it certainly makes the tree look awful.
  • The Orange Striped Oakworm: An orange striped oakworm is looks actually like a caterpillar which has black structure with two orange colored stripes on both sides of its body’s length. Similar to the fall webworm, the oakworms also lay eggs under the leave’s surface and when the larvae hatch, they are feed from oak tree leaves which leave large leaf skeletons like shape.
  • The Catalpa Sphinx: These worms are also known as Catawba worms. They can cause severe damage to ornamental trees. They have black-body and a sharp horn at back ends and are generally present through spring and summer.

Prevention Measures

To prevent the trees from such worms’ one solution could be burning their homes. Burning works, however, it is not considered as one of the best options because the worms are likely to return again after some time. Also it is important to extract the portion of the tree which is to be burnt such as a particular branch to prevent rest of the tree. Otherwise make sure that you have a hosepipe handy.

Now, to ensure that eggs are not left laid on the trees as they can create a similar problem in coming season another measure needs to be taken. This employs the use of BT, one can spray this solution on the plants and trees and when the worms eat it, their body from inside will dissolve due to intake of BT. The Tree Worm is likely to eat it as well while consuming the leaves when they are in larval stage and this is the reason why they never grow to adult moth stage. It is the time when are ready to lay eggs and the whole process starts again.

There are few other insecticides present as well, they may include: acephate (Orthene), carbaryl (Sevin), chlorpyrifos (Dursban), cyfluthrin (Tempo), diazinon, bendiocarb (Ficam, Turcam), bifenthrin (Talstar), dimethoate (Cygon), fluvalinate (Mavrik), malathion, nicotine sulfate, pyrethrum, permethrin (Pounce), rotenone and trichlorfon (Dylox, Proxol).  It is advised to get proper information regarding the use and results of using these insecticides.

 Another way can be really daunting and involves handpicking the worms as either squishing or disposing them in water can, however this works very well.

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