Emerald Ash Borer
The emerald ash borer poses a significant threat to ash trees in Ohio, both in natural forests and landscape settings. Professional intervention is crucial to protect valuable ash trees. Trunk injections with specialized insecticides, such as emamectin benzoate, offer long-lasting protection against these invasive pests. Regular monitoring and early detection are essential for effective management.
Spider mites, those tiny arachnids, can cause substantial damage, particularly in hot and dry conditions (or the middle of summer). Professional strategies for spider mite control involve monitoring moisture levels, implementing irrigation practices to maintain adequate humidity, and applying targeted miticides when necessary. Integrated pest management (IPM) techniques, including the use of beneficial insects like predatory mites, can also help keep spider mite populations in check.
Deer can wreak havoc on landscape ornamentals, feeding on young shoots, buds, and flowers. To protect plants from these large, graceful yet destructive garden pests, professional solutions include the installation of physical barriers like sturdy fencing or deer-resistant plant selection. Repellents with ingredients like thiram or predator urine can also deter deer from browsing-and eating-your plants. Depending on how rural your yard is, deer may be easier to deal with (so just keep that in mind).
Bagworms, those crafty pests that construct spindle-shaped bags, primarily infest evergreen trees and shrubs, causing severe defoliation if left unchecked. They are the sneaky garden pests ninjas of your backyard. Professional control measures for bagworms include physical removal of bags by pruning affected branches or the application of targeted insecticides during the larval stage. Timing is critical, as treatments should be applied before bagworms seal themselves within their protective casings. Once they do, you will fight an uphill battle!
Preventing Ornamental Pest Damage in Landscapes