Wood-Boring Insects

It’s getting hot out. You know who loves the heat? If you answered “wood-boring insects”, you are correct (and also a little strange). “Boring insects” is the collective term for any type of bug that likes to munch into your trees.

These type of pest bugs include beetles, moths, and types of wasps. Though they are not necessarily attracted to hot weather, they do love the drought-like weather that harms your trees. Wood-boring insects just love damaged trees!

Why They Attack

Wood-boring insects frequently go after unhealthy trees that have a weak structure. That’s why one of the best way to prevent these insects from digging into your tree is by making your trees healthier in the first place.

Though some beetles might just inflict a little bit of damage onto the outside of your trees, there are many out there that will literally dig deep into them with their bodies. Those are the ones you really have to watch for as their burrowing can lead them straight to where your tree carries water! After they’ve made a home in your tree they will then begin sucking away at vital water that your tree might not be too pleased with missing out on.

Some of these beetles see pruning or full limb removal as an opportunity to make their way into your tree. It’s up to you to report the problem to a certified tree service in Austin right away. Your trees could be getting harmed daily without your knowledge.

It’s important to inspect your trees for burrowing bugs on a regular basis. If you really want to school yourself on these insects, check out this PDF.

These little creatures have one mission in life: to eat your trees!

The Damage

From the House and Landscape pests PDF document:

“Wood-boring insects often produce sawdust-like frass (excrement). Their holes are

normally round, oval or semicircular and are found in a random pattern on the plant. Woodpecker damage is sometimes confused with that of woodboring beetles; however, woodpecker damage will not produce frass.”

That’s a pretty good rule of thumb to follow. If you see sawdust excrement near the holes that are being produced, you’re likely dealing with bugs! If so, we can help you out. Get in touch with us today. Not only are these holes a sign that you have wood-boring insects but they are also a sign that your trees are possibly unhealthy.

The List Goes On

The number of these types of bugs and all their details is enormous. The different types of insects may surprise you. The fact that there are so many different kinds in the state of Texas can be a little unnerving to homeowners here. But fear not! We’re here for you.

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