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Pests & Diseases

5 Worst Tree Diseases in the Dayton Area

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While it’s always concerning to see your trees looking “sick,” not all tree diseases are as damaging as these five. It’s important to know which disease is affecting your trees so you can evaluate the treatment options and learn how to prevent a recurrence. In this article, we describe the trees that are infected, the causes, what to look out for, and prevention/treatment options.

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Scale Insects in Southwest Ohio: Description, Damage & Treatment

scale insects on branch in Dayton

These tiny, sap-sucking pests are only about 1/8 to ½ inch in size but can be quite destructive. Long-term and/or heavy infestations of scale can be extremely damaging to the plants on which they feed, leading to leaf/needle discoloration, defoliation, stunted growth, limb dieback, vulnerability to other pests and diseases, and even plant death.

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When to Treat Key Tree Pests & Diseases in Dayton

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Knowing when these pests and diseases are likely to appear on your trees, and the timing for effective preventive treatment, allows you to maintain a healthy, beautiful landscape with minimal use of potentially toxic chemicals.

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5 Destructive Tree Pests in the Dayton Area

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The Dayton area is plagued by a number of destructive pests that attack trees. Learning to identify them is the first step in preventing an outbreak that could seriously injure, or even kill, your trees. Here are the five worst tree pests around Dayton, what to look out for, and the trees they typically attack.

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Boxwood Leafminer: Identification, Damage & Control

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Boxwood leafminer (Monarthropalpusi flavus) is a common and destructive pest that causes significant damage to boxwoods here in the Dayton area, although the symptoms are often mistaken for winter injury rather than insect infestation.

Since boxwoods are such a popular shrub, it’s important to control leafminers so they don’t spread to neighboring plants and properties.

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