Beetles – Containing An Infestation

Q: A tree service company has cut down a tree infested with pine beetles on a next-door neighbor’s property. What should I do if they don’t remove the cut logs from the area?

A: Talk to your neighbor and ask that the logs be fully covered by a plastic tarp with the edges completely sealed with soil. Leave the tarp in place for thirty days. The heat under the tarp will kill most beetles and their eggs. For details on pine beetle detection and control, see xrl.us/pinebeetles