Bagworm season is in full swing in Oklahoma. That means it’s time to protect your trees from these tiny nuisances before they become a big problem. Bagworms will attach themselves to a tree, and they can be identified by the distinct “bag” they wrap themselves in before they start feeding on the foliage of your tree. These pests are most active in the summer and they can cause extensive damage to your trees if they are left unchecked. The best way to handle a bagworm infestation is to contact a pest control professional to treat your property. Read on to learn all about bagworms and how to properly deal with them to keep your trees safe!
What are bagworms, and what kind of damage can they cause?
Bagworms are small caterpillars that you’ll find dangling from tree branches when they start feeding. You can distinguish bagworms from other caterpillars by the silken bags, comprised of foliage and plant tissue, that they wrap themselves in after hatching. As they continue to feed, you’ll notice that they'll damage the branches of your trees. Many of the leaves on your tree will also start to turn brown and fall to the ground. When faced with a heavy infestation, bagworms can defoliate your trees at an accelerated rate. Defoliated trees will be weaker, which makes them more susceptible to diseases. In the worst-case scenario, an infestation of bagworms can end up killing your trees.
What time of the year are bagworms an issue?
Knowing the appropriate time of year to look out for bagworms is just as important as being able to identify them. Bagworms will start hatching in April and early May, and after they hatch, they’ll begin constructing their bags immediately so they can start feeding. The bagworms will continue to actively feed on your trees throughout the summer, which is when you’ll need to be extra vigilant when looking for them. If they’re not tended to early enough, then they can become a major issue to your trees as they continue to feed and grow.
If you notice bagworms on your property, then schedule professional treatments.
If you notice bagworms in your trees, you should reach out to a professional pest control company to schedule treatments. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where the bagworms have done irreversible damage to your trees. Once the professionals have been contacted, they’ll come out to your property to confirm you have bagworms. Afterward, they’ll apply curative treatments to get rid of them. However, there are times when one treatment isn’t enough, especially in cases where the infestation has gotten bad. In the event of a heavy infestation, the pest control company may need to come back to apply a second treatment to your trees.
Bagworm treatments are most effective against larvae that are still small. Contact a pest control company at the first sign of bagworms!
Facing a bagworm infestation? Call us today to schedule our professional bagworm treatments.
If you notice any signs of a bagworm infestation on your property, then it’s time to act! We can get rid of them for you before they can cause any further damage. At Elite Lawn Care, our team of licensed experts will use high-pressure spray guns to ensure that the treatment can break through the protective barrier the bagworms created around themselves. We service residential properties in the Oklahoma City, OK area, including nearby areas such as Edmond and Mustang. Give us a call today at (405) 735-1223 to schedule our professional bagworm treatments! We are standing by and ready to help you deal with your bagworm infestation!