One evening you go out to look at your trees and- oh no! You’ve been invaded by the pod people! There are little brown sacks with worms in them ALL OVER YOUR TREES! But a second look (and maybe a little help from Google) proves that those brown sacks are actually called bagworms, and though they may not be from outer space, they certainly are dangerous for your trees.
From the looks of it, this is going to be a really bad year for bagworms. Ever wonder why your tree gets a brownish color and loses a great percentage of their leaves? Well, it’s due to this dreadful creature:
Doesn’t look so bad? Well, look at the damage it can do:
A female bagworm lays 500-1000 eggs each fall. The eggs overwinter and hatch in late May to the beginning of June. Young bagworms hatch and start eating immediately. They continue growing and eating until August, when they change into the pupal stage. Sounds rather scary, doesn't it? Thankfully there are things you can do that will help prevent the bagworms from multiplying, spreading, and finally, devouring every tree on your property.
Bagworms seem to prefer the evergreen type of trees, but they will actually eat just about any kind, even such kinds as apple, willow, and oak. They will kill a tree if you do not use preventive measures in time. Starting your treatment in June or May is a really good idea if you want to get all of the bagworms taken care of.
One way to get rid of the bagworms is to pick them off by hand and burn them. That, however, takes a lot of time and it’s not really an easy or fun past time. The other option is to get them sprayed, or spray them yourself. You can find chemicals online that might work fairly well. We have a very effective bagworm program, also. We would be happy to help you with any of your bagworm problems!
Yours through good grass and bad,
Contact us at 785-742-2882 or email us with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am sorry that we could not use any of our own pictures for this article, but due to the effectiveness of our program, we have no pictures of bagwormy trees. All of our trees are clean and disease-free. :)