Is this pine beetle damage?

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Date Photo Taken: 08/25/2013
Location: Sandy Springs, GA
Posted By: Peggy F

Notes:

This is the base of a very large pine tree next to our driveway. Is this pine beetle damage? Does it mean that we need to remove the tree (which is still very green) immediately?

Or is it something else – maybe just sap burst from the tree with all the rain?

COMMENTS

  1. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    You probably should contact an arborist for a diagnosis and possible treatment of your pine. It appears there has been some injury that is causing sap flows. Here is a UGA extension service link that may help: http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/lowndes/anr/documents/PineBarkBeetles.pdf

    August 26th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
  2. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Found this shot of black turpentine beetle pitch tube: http://www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm?imgnum=1669049

    August 26th, 2013 at 4:00 pm
  3. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    go to http://www.georgiaarborist.org

    August 29th, 2013 at 1:07 pm
  4. Peggy F Registered says:

    Thank you for your help.

    Arborist Jeff Matheny agreed with Bobby that it looks like black turpentine beetles. Jeff said that spraying for turpentine beetles isn’t very useful as they are not very aggressive. We are going to wait and see if the crown survives.

    August 29th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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