Insects Affecting Mississippi Forests
The southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) is the most destructive forest insect in the South. Weakening of trees by flooding, windstorms, and especially drought commonly precede outbreaks.
Ips is a pine bark beetle that lives predominately in the inner bark, breeding and feeding on the tree’s vascular tissues. They usually colonize trees that are already stressed, declining, or fallen.
The Redbay Ambrosia Beetle is the primary vector of the fungus that causes Laurel Wilt, a disease that can kill several North American tree species.
The emerald ash borer is a metallic green beetle that bores into ash trees, feeding on tissues beneath the bark, ultimately killing the tree.
Most gardeners are first alerted to crape myrtle bark scale by the presence of black sooty mold on the bark of their crape myrtles.
The gypsy moth, which came from France, is considered one of the most important pests of red and white oaks in the Northeast. It has spread southward into Virginia and is continuing to move south.
Sirex woodwasps bore holes into trees, lay eggs, and larvae chew round hole exits.
Home Landscape Insect Pests
There are also a number of insect pests that can damage trees and shrubs in your home landscape. Knowing how to manage and treat insects around the home can save money, and frustration.
Click here to download a copy of “Insect Pests of Ornamental Plants in the Home Landscape,” provided by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.