Redbuds – Ambrosia Beetles

Q: We have two large redbuds. One is in serious trouble due to ambrosia beetles; I sprayed it in late April with insecticide. Now I notice the other has “sawdust toothpicks”. Would a systemic treatment help?

A: Sad to say, there are no systemic insecticides that will kill Asian ambrosia beetles once they are in a tree. The insects are simply too deep for surface or systemic insecticides to hurt them. I have details on homeowner preventative sprays and making a monitoring trap at Ambrosia Beetle Trap.

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