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Black turpentine beetles bore into the inner bark of stressed or injured pitch pines.

Keep any eye on your Pitch Pines this year! Thanks to the widespread storm damage from recent years, we expect to see higher populations of black turpentine beetle infestations.

The black turpentine beetle prefers weakened or damaged pines but is also capable of attacking healthy trees. Prevention is an important management strategy to reduce attack. Drought and storm damage can cause widespread stress, making trees susceptible to attack. 

If you start to notice pitch tubes on the lower portions of your property’s pitch pines (like those in the photo), these are some of the first signs of attack. Alfieri Tree Care can provide specialty bark treatments to manage and combat these pests.

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