Michigan’s DNR Wants You to Kill This Pest Immediately If You See It
a lot of us have certain pests that if we see them, we have to remove them from our home or space. Maybe you're not a fan of spiders, bees, or cockroaches... totally fine.
All of those are pretty normal, but one pest that has started to make it's way into Michigan should be more concerning than your usual fears.
What pest is Michigan's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warning the public about?
If you have hemlock trees in your yard or on your property, you're going to want to check them closely.
Michigan's DNR released a statement asking the public to check for and treat the Hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive pest that is moving it's way into Michigan after terrorizing the eastern coastline over the past decade.
What is the Hemlock woolly adelgid?
These small insects suck sap from hemlock needles and ultimately can cause tree death.
While you may not be able to see them yourself, their nests are an obvious first thing to look for. They're a fuzzy white nest that tends to take hold inside Hemlock tree branches. It may look like little seed pods, but they're actually nests of these bests.
How can I stop or prevent the Hemlock woolly adelgid if I find them in my trees?
According to Michigan's DNR, you can get Insecticides to control the insect, and in many cases, landowners easily can apply them by carefully following label instructions and application rate guidance. However, in Michigan, due to restrictions on the use of these chemicals, you may need the services of a licensed pesticide application business.
They also suggest:
If one or more trees are infested, make plans to act this year. Without treatment, trees with hemlock woolly adelgid are likely to die within four to 10 years. Weakened trees on a home landscape could spell disaster during high winds or storms, and eventually they will have to be removed. Loss of hemlocks in forested areas can reduce shade, winter cover, food and habitat for birds, fish and mammals.
Good luck this season, and if you'd learn more on this pest and how to prevent it, you can visit their website.