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Shot hole borer beetles are bad news for your fruit trees. Unlike other Ambrosia beetles, Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer seems to attack healthy trees. They develop under the bark and dig tunnels to excavate in and out of the tree. The girdling wounds weaken trees and sometimes even kill the tree. If not treated at the right time, the trees beyond the damage have irreversible effects.

The characteristics of invasive Shot Hole Borer attack and infestation vary among tree species. The repeated attack of these fungi can weaken the tree, and hence, methodological treatment of Shot hole borer from professionals is crucial.

About Shot Hole Borer

Exotic and invasive Shot hole borers or fruit-tree bark beetles have spread over most of the United States. They attack a large number of plant and tree species, especially hardwoods in Southern California. The number of susceptible trees is five times higher than the sudden oak death.

Usually, they live between the bark and tree surface and bore into wood. They form galleries of fungal spores, also known as circular tunnels. They feed by sucking the tree’s succulent phloem tissues. Thus, they will create a cambium layer between the wood and bark.

However, stressed and injured fruit, shade, and ornamental trees attract them to thrive. After the invasion of Shot Hole Borers in trees and plants, Fusarium Oxysporum will cause wilt disease in hosts.

Symptoms Of Shot Hole Borer

  • The injury of Shot Hole Borer is usually on the main stem and larger branches
  • Minute pinhole injury in twigs of only 1-inch diameter
  • Wet staining and discoloration on the bark of the main stem and branches
  • Infection of Shot Hole Borer can cause leaf discoloration and wilt
  • Staining, gumming, sugary exudate, and frass on the outer surface of the bark
  • Dieback of entire branches
  • Round and tiny holes on the affected trees and plants
  • Sawdustlike powder around the holes
  • Brown discolored necrosis
  • Deteriorate the quality of fruits or no fruits
  • Tunneling into trunks, stems, and branches
Shot Hole Borer Beetle Treatment

How Can You Get Rid Of Shot Hole Borer

We use various organic methods to treat shot hole borer beetles, which include systematic trunk injection, pesticides, and soil surfactant. We treat severely infested host trees to retain their health and vigor.

We identify the pest symptoms and monitor the damage precisely before suggesting treatment to control the shot hole borer infestation. Our best control strategies based on tree species and the intensity of the spread will help eliminate the fungus effectively.

Benefits Of Our Shot Hole Borer Treatment

  • Keep your trees healthy and vigorous with effective treatment
  • Prevent further attacks of Shot Hole Borer
  • Expert and customized strategies based on tree species
  • Detailed inspection of healthy-looking trees and plants in your yard or garden
  • Optimum nutrients and treatment to maintain the vigor of the trees and plants
  • Cost-effective treatment for invasive shot hole borer

Are you suspecting the symptoms of Shot Hole Borers? Get Tailored Treatment Now on! (760) 285 0099

Frequently Asked Questions

They are the type of beetle that bore tunnels into the tree and live far from the reach of chemicals and pesticides. They farm fungi for food and can damage or kill the host trees. Furthermore, the pest is tiny and goes unnoticed until the situation is out of hand. Also, the invasion varies as per the different types of host trees.

Yes, if the outbreak is huge and not managed in the early stages, the beetles may attack the healthy trees and cause the young tree to die. However, it is very unlikely for a young tree to be the point of the outbreak.

If the infestation is controllable, yes, we can treat the tree by chipping off the affected area and regularly monitoring and providing the required nutrients. Since shothole borer beetles affect the decaying and dying trees, it may be more practical to completely replace the tree. However, we try to inspect the area well to provide you with a complete report and make sure the damage is less.

First, start with symptom identification, and confirm the infestation. Check the species that are affected by the insect and mark the trees. Find out the areas of the tree that are affected by the infestation. To control the outbreak, cut off the affected branches, remove the deadwood, prunings, etc., from in and around the orchard. Also, chemical control is recommended when the outbreak is huge.

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