Invasive pests are a common problem seen by tree care professionals, and one of which that may affect your pines is called the southern pine beetle. Watch this video to learn about this pest that’s frequently dealt with by tree services and ISA certified arborists near Atlanta .
The southern pine beetle can typically be found living in the inner bark of pine trees. This invasive insect is seen commonly by tree service professionals and is the most destructive bug associated with pine trees in the southern United States. Mature beetles are 2 to 4 mm long, are brown or black in color, and have a cylindrical shape and short legs. Southern pine beetles feed on the phloem tissue of pines and can eventually lead to a tree’s death.