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Fri Jul 26, 2019, 06:58 PM

If you're in the northeast, take a look at your evergreens

I’ve previously posted about my bagworm-infested dwarf spruce. Picking the “bags” out of the tree has been an ongoing project and I hope to save the tree even though it looks like hell now. I’ve since noticed a great many infected dying evergreens in my area—western Pennsylvania. I’ve also heard from friends in the Columbus Ohio area and western Virginia that they also have issues with dying evergreens from apparent bagworm infestations. Maybe this warm, wet summer is encouraging them, I don’t know. In any case, take a look at your evergreens for little pointy clumps of dead pine needles that resemble pine cones. If you find them, you have bagworms.

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Reply If you're in the northeast, take a look at your evergreens (Original post)
spinbaby Jul 2019 OP
mopinko Jul 2019 #1
spinbaby Jul 2019 #2
Farmer-Rick Jul 2019 #3
Kaiserguy Jul 2019 #4
BigmanPigman Jul 2019 #5

Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 07:04 PM

1. the japanese beetles have been insane this year, also.

they dont bug me much, because i have freakin army of garter snakes. but all the fb gardening pages i am on are filled w pic of the skeletons of leaves.

between the bugs and the winter damage this year, it's ugly on my farm, fersher.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 07:20 PM

2. I have Japanese beetles

But not enough to do more than minor damage, so I assume they have some natural predator around. The bagworms, on the other hand, have taken out 50-foot pines around town.

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Fri Jul 26, 2019, 07:24 PM

3. The bagworms around here come and go.

They get numerous and eat a lot then they disappear in the next season. I've noticed that with most insect problems.

You get a rash of them and it seems like they will destroy everything. Then the predators notice them and the next year the infestation fades but then another insect gets out of control and on and on.

I think the birds have figured out a way to recognizes their tents and wait for them to come out to gorge on them. There are several different types and some are worse than others. But we have so many cedars that most bagworms don't bother them.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 09:42 PM

4. I'm in NW PA and have 5 dying

evergreens in my yard and have notice a lot of dead trees all over this area

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Fri Jul 26, 2019, 09:51 PM

5. I remember when Gypsy Moths wiped out half the forest in the Poconos in the 70s.

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