Storm damage three years ago forced removal of 40 trees last week. The stand of mostly pines had become diseased and insect infested. Arborist Steven Enfield said, “They are brooding grounds for insects and those insects can be harmful to other trees.”
Enfield said that damaged or sick pines are vulnerable to bark beetle. The bark beetle will attack the weakest trees in the area.
Enfield said the trees along the golf course near 130th and West Maple were either dead or dying and the beetles will move on to nearby trees in stress. Enfield said, “The bark beetles communicate so they draw in other beetles.”
Enfield said fungus is also a problem. There are about six disease and bug issues that can affect pine trees. He’s currently treating about 2500 trees in the metro area.