Posted: January 16, 2018

Tree pests come in all shapes and sizes and arrive throughout the year, but the most likely time they'll catch you unawares is during the cold, cold months of winter in Rochester, MN. While you're enjoying the holidays and shoveling snow, some pests are settling in to your trees and preparing to propagate in the spring. Our tree health professionals with Maier Tree and Lawn know that tree owners can't see the future, but encourage everyone to be on the lookout for signs of contagious pest problems every season of the year.

It's true that common tree pests like the emerald ash borer aren't going to be completely active during the cold winter months, but that doesn't mean your trees are safe from pests just because of frigid temperatures. Many tree pests, including EAB, are able to enter a low-energy, hibernation-like state until spring. This presents very temperature-specific risks to tree health, as signs of tree pests may be less apparent.

The biggest winter risk, when it comes to tree pests, is the thoughtless transportation of wood. Fire wood, wood for building, and any other form of material derived from infested trees could spread tree pests far beyond its original bounds. This is dangerous to tree health because once an infestation begins in a certain area, it can be incredibly difficult to contain effectively.

If you're a resident of Rochester, MN and concerned about tree pests or general winter tree health and are looking for advice, call the tree health experts with Maier Tree and Lawn today at (507) 286-8733, or visit our website here for more information.

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