Tree Man Inc
I know, it’s kind of lame that I would get excited that the tree man showed up at my house today. But he’s my favorite guy at this time of year, because he keeps us from being inundated with Buck Moth caterpillars every spring.
See this mean looking little guy? That’s a Buck Moth caterpillar. Not only will he munch on the leaves of your oak trees, he packs a punch in those little spines. Touch one and you’ll quickly find yourself in pain and probably with a whelp to show for it too. If they stayed in the trees it might not be so bad (for me anyway – the tree might disagree), but they have a tendency to drop right out…into the yard and onto unsuspecting people.
flickr photo credit: mullica
If you’ve been stung before, you’ll understand why I was happy when the guys from Tree Man Inc showed up today. In the past, they have sprayed our trees each spring. The downside to spraying is that we would worry about overspray onto vehicles and pets AND it could only be done once the caterpillars were present. Each year, I’d bring the dogs inside and move my car down the street while they were using huge spray wands to coat the leaves (and caterpillars). If my neighbors didn’t spray as well, then we would still see some of the critters as they migrated over to our trees after the spray wore off in about 3 or 4 days.
Starting this year, they have a very cool new injection application and they were kind enough to explain it to me when I interrupted their work.
First, several small holes are punched in the tree, leaving behind little grommets. I was a little concerned about this at first, but was informed that it’s not a deep hole and doesn’t do any harm to the tree at all.
Next, the tree is injected with the magical stuff that makes caterpillars disappear. (OK, that’s not the scientific explanation, but it’s the end result). Because it’s not a topical application, the tree is resistant to the caterpillars for a much longer time and it can be treated before they make their first appearance.
Now, even if some of those bad boys migrate from a neighboring yard over to our trees we are still protected. While nothing is 100%, I feel better knowing that it won’t be raining creepy, crawly, stingy bugs in my yard.
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