Insect and Disease Management in Farmington Hills, MI

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Insect and Disease Management Near Farmington Hills, MI

Keeping your trees healthy and thriving requires vigilance against insects and diseases.

Our arborists have the knowledge and tools to inspect, diagnose, and treat insect infestations and diseases affecting all species of trees in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Insects and diseases can weaken trees, cause dieback of branches, ruin the appearance of a tree, and even kill the entire tree if left uncontrolled.

Tree diseases are caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, and other organisms that infect the vascular system, damage roots, or create cankers, rot, and decay in the heartwood.

Harmful insects like borers, scales, aphids, and beetles can defoliate trees, stunt their growth, and introduce diseases.

Our certified arborists inspect trees to check for early signs of infestation or infection based on visual symptoms, the time of year, weather conditions, and other factors.

We identify the specific insect or disease affecting your trees and recommended targeted treatments to eliminate the problem without harming beneficial insects like bees and butterflies.

From preventive pest and disease control to managing major outbreaks, the arborists have the knowledge, equipment, and solutions to protect the health and longevity of your landscape trees.

We utilize integrated pest management techniques that are safe for people, pets, and the environment.

Process We Follow for Insect and Disease Management

Inspection and Diagnosis

The first step is a thorough inspection of your trees. Our ISA Certified Arborists check all parts of the tree for signs of insects, fungi, damaged leaves, sparse foliage, oozing sap, egg casings, frass, and other symptoms.

We identify areas of dieback and look for entry/exit holes from wood boring insects. Soil, roots, and the trunk are examined for fungal fruiting structures. Laboratory analysis of samples may be recommended for diagnosis of some diseases.

Determine the Specific Pest or Pathogen

Proper identification of the particular insect, mite, or disease-causing organism is crucial for effective treatment. Our arborists draw from their extensive knowledge and reference materials to pinpoint infestations like emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, pine bark beetles, leaf miners, spider mites, powdery mildew fungi, anthracnose, sooty mold, and many more.

Assess the Extent of Damage

We evaluate what parts of the tree are affected and how advanced the problem is. This helps determine treatment priorities and methods. Catching issues early allows for less invasive solutions before major damage occurs. For advanced infestations or infections, more aggressive treatments may be required to save the tree.

Choose the Appropriate Treatment Methods

Our arborists practice integrated pest management, using the least toxic and most target-specific approaches as the first line of defense. Treatment options we commonly use include:

  • Horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps to suffocate soft-bodied insects
  • Microbial insecticides with bacteria or fungus harmful to specific pests
  • Trunk injections or implants that distribute systemic pesticides directly into the tree
  • Fungicides applied by spray or injection to inhibit or kill disease organisms
  • Pheromone traps that use scent to disrupt pest mating cycles
  • Alteration of irrigation, fertilization, and mulching to improve tree health
  • Pruning out infected/infested branches
  • Protective sprays of neem oil or kaolin clay to deter pests from attacking

For severe infestations, trunk injections of insecticides or fungicides directly into the tree may be required. As a last resort for a hopelessly diseased tree, we may recommend removal if it poses a risk to nearby landscape trees. However, we always seek to avoid tree removal if possible.

Follow-Up Monitoring

Our arborists will develop a schedule of follow-up treatments and inspection to ensure the insect or disease has been controlled. We monitor for reinfestation and alter treatment plans as needed until the issue is resolved. Maintaining tree health with prevention programs is recommended to avoid costly remedies down the road.

The arborists have the experience, knowledge, and tools to assess and treat any insect or disease issue your trees may face. We take pride in using the most environmentally responsible methods to eradicate tree pests and pathogens.

Cost of Insect and Disease Management in Farmington Hills, MI

The cost of insect and disease treatment depends on several factors:

  • The type of pest or pathogen affecting your trees
  • The size, number, and type of trees that require treatment
  • Whether the infestation is limited or widespread throughout the tree(s)
  • The methods and materials needed to remedy the problem

Minor pest or disease issues limited to a few branches can often be treated for $200 to $500, depending on the size of the tree and materials required. More involved treatment for large infestations usually ranges from $800 to $2,000 per tree. Very large or mature trees with major insect/disease damage may cost $3,000 or more to treat effectively.

We provide free estimates for all insect and disease treatments and price each job according to its specific parameters. Prevention care is very affordable and can save thousands in future remediation costs. Contact us today to discuss options for keeping your trees pest and disease-free.

Examples of Our Tree Service Projects in Farmington Hills, Michigan

Great Reasons to Choose Us

Quality Services

Our ISA-certified arborists use industry best practices to ensure safe, high-quality tree care.

Licensed & Insured

We are licensed, bonded, and insured for your peace of mind.

Scheduling

Our flexible scheduling makes it easy to book tree services when it’s convenient for you.

Free Consultations

We provide free estimates and consultations for all new customers.

Customer Satisfaction

Excellent service and fair pricing result in happy customers. See our 5-star reviews.

Affordable Pricing

As a local company, we offer very reasonable rates on all tree services.

FAQs About Insect and Disease Management in Farmington Hills, Michigan

What are signs my tree has an insect infestation?

Possible signs include tiny holes in bark and leaves, sticky sap oozing from holes, sooty mold on leaves or bark, abnormal leaf drop, tiny white eggs on branches, tent caterpillars, and/or sawdust or frass around trunk and branches. Unhealthy foliage color can also indicate insects feeding on leaves, needles, or roots.

What are signs my tree has a disease?

Look for fungal fruiting structures, mushrooms at tree base, oozing sap, discolored or spotted leaves/needles, premature leaf drop, dying twigs and branches, loose or cracking bark, and abnormal wilting/leaf curl. Diseases disrupt water and nutrient flow.

How can I tell if my tree is dying?

Major signs a tree is dying include thinning canopy, loss of most leaves, dead branches throughout crown, soft or crumbly areas on trunk, and cessation of any new growth. Succumbing to disease, extensive boring insect damage, or extremes in weather can all cause tree death.

Do all insects and diseases require treatment?

Not necessarily. Some naturally occur and are transient or cause little harm. Our arborists determine which pests require active treatment vs basic prevention care to support tree health. We aim to avoid unnecessary use of pesticides.

Are insect and disease treatments safe for my family and pets?

Yes, we use all natural, non-toxic horticultural oils and soaps or target-specific microbial treatments that are safe around people and animals when applied by professionals. Systemic trunk injections minimize exposure.

How long does treatment take? When will I see results?

Treatment time varies based on method. Simple foliar sprays may require one short visit. Injections take 1-3 hours per tree. Results are seen once pest life cycles are broken or disease inhibited, which can take weeks or months depending on severity.

Do you use only “all natural products”?

We use natural organic products whenever possible. But some problem insects and diseases can only be controlled effectively with targeted synthetic chemicals applied by Licensed applicators in an environmentally responsible way.

How can I prevent future infestations?

Keep trees healthy with proper water, nutrients, pruning, and mulching. Monitor for early signs and treat quickly. Use preventive treatments like horticultural oils and soil injections annually. Manage stressed trees – they are most susceptible.

Do certain trees attract more insects and diseases?

Some species like ash, elms, dogwoods, hemlocks, apple and peach trees are vulnerable to devastating pests in the eastern US. Other trees have fewer notable pest problems in our region. Proper tree selection can help prevent issues.

Will insect or disease damage affect my tree’s structure and safety?

Yes, extensive damage to trunk, major limbs, or roots can lead to failure risks. Our arborists assess structural integrity and mitigation needs for any insect/disease weakened trees. Safety issues may require cabling, bracing, pruning or removal.

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This is the best tree service I have ever used! They were able to save a tree I thought was a goner. Their arborists really know what they are doing. The prices are very fair too.
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I highly recommend this tree service company. They pruned and shaped my trees and did an excellent job. They were on time, worked efficiently, and left my yard looking great. 
Allen M.

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I used this tree service for routine pruning and maintenance on the trees on my commercial property. They did high quality work on schedule and on budget. I will continue to use them.
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  • Head north on Main Street toward Oak Avenue. Turn right onto Oak Avenue and continue for 2 miles. Turn left onto Orchard Lake Road. Continue on Orchard Lake Road for 3 miles until you reach 29206 on the right. The destination will be a large red brick building.
  • Start out going west on Elm Street toward 5th Avenue. Take the 5th Avenue exit and turn right. Drive for approximately 4 miles and turn left onto Orchard Lake Road. Stay on Orchard Lake Road for 2.5 miles. 29206 Orchard Lake Road will be a tan colored office building on the left side.
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