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How Tree Trimming Helps Keep Gypsy Moths Out Of Your Hardwood Trees

Every year, trees across the nation are attacked and devastated by the gypsy moth. They are particularly potent on hardwood trees, making them a serious danger. However, trimming your trees can help get these pests out of your trees and promote stronger tree health.

Gypsy Moths And The Trees They Attack

Adult gypsy moths lay their eggs on a variety of hardwood trees, and once the eggs hatch, their larvae will begin eating leaves. Typically, they feed during the night to avoid the hot sun, making them particularly hard to spot. A bad infestation can lead to a high degree of defoliation, which can lead to the death of your tree.

Gypsy moth larvae will eat the leaves of a variety of hardwood trees, including:

  • Apple
  • Alder
  • Birch
  • Poplar
  • Willow
  • Pines
  • Spruces
  • Maple
  • Elm
  • Oak

Very rarely will you find gypsy moths on ashes, sycamores, butternuts, black walnuts, dogwoods, or balsams. However, their healthy appetite makes them a pest that you need to eliminate from your yard right away.

Trimming May Disrupt The Moth Life Cycle

Gypsy moths go through four phases of life and by trimming your trees, you can help eliminate breeding grounds for these pests. Removing branches and leaves also helps eliminate feeding grounds, which could starve them out.

Disrupting this breeding cycle is crucial, as gypsy moth populations tend to go through surges of growth. If your tree trimming can help eliminate them during a low period of population, you may decrease the severity of these surges in the future.

Trimming And Pruning Also Promotes Health

A gypsy moth infestation will severely impact the health of your trees, but trimming and pruning can help negate much of its damage. Beyond eliminating its breeding ground, it helps remove damaged branches and bark that may be easier for gypsy moth larvae to enter.

It also helps eliminate potentially damaging situations, such as:

  • A thick canopy that blocks sunlight and air flow
  • Crossing branches damaging each other
  • Narrow or weakened crotches that tear and break

A healthier tree will be able to recover from the damage of a gypsy moth infestation more quickly and effectively. This can also help increase the effectiveness of control methods (such as traps, pest barriers, and pesticides) that you may use to control the gypsy moth population in your yard.

By following this guide, you can keep gypsy moths out of your hardwood trees and help promote a healthier and more beautiful lawn. Turn to a tree trimmer as soon as possible to serve as a guide through this process. Click here for more information about tree trimming.