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Yep, that would be the nasty Fall Cankerworm we love to hate! “Disgusting” The City will spray next spring for the worms as they hatch, but we must strike now to prevent as many worms as possible. This means tree-banding.

 

Cankerworms spin “silken threads” (photo on top right) that allow them to drop from foliage to escape predators, lower themselves to the ground when full grown, and to be blown by the wind to other trees. Wingless females crawl up the trees to lay small irregular clusters of fifty or more eggs in bark crevices in the crown of the host tree. The eggs hatch in the spring.

 

Every year canker worms cause extreme damage (photo on top left) to trees in North Carolina. They feed on many broad leaf trees including Oak, Birch, Maple, Elm and Apple. The first signs of infestation are the appearance of small “shot holes” in new leaves and larvae can be found under the leaves. By the time the larvae finish feeding, only the major veins and midribs of the older leaves remain.

 

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 Bug Barrier                                   Tanglefoot

 

Contact us today to install the banding!