How insects attack Trees
Immeasurable amounts of insects infest, live in, and feed on trees. In some cases they are okay and don’t cause any damage to the trees health. In other situations the insect at hand can be responsible for the trees death. With how quickly insects spread disease, eat, and infest trees it’s important to look out for them. There are typically three types of insects that will settle in your tree. These are chewing insects, boring insects, and sucking insects. Chewing insects setup shop in the trees foliage and systematically eat away at the tree’s leaves, and fruit. Most people know caterpillars as this type of infestation. In the beginning a few leaves with holes may not make a staggering difference but overtime it will disrupt the tree’s ability to feed itself. After your tree can no longer pull in sunlight through its leaves, it will essentially die of starvation.
In most cases insecticides that come in the form of sprays can be used to remove the chewing insects from your tree’s crown. The leaves in the crown are not only a source of energy for the tree but they also act as antennas that receive and store the nutrients gained from photosynthesis.