What’s eating my live oak tree?

Bob Klepac Exterminating Service does more than just protect your home from ants, roaches, termites and other Texas pests. We also have the knowledge to figure out what’s going on with your trees and lawn. Whether it’s your native or grafted pecan tree or oak tree, we have the solution.

Today we talk fall pests, of live oaks

In recent years we have seen more and more live oak trees devoured by a Lepodopteran pest. This caterpillar is known as the yellow necked caterpillar. Not to be confused with other tree pests such as tussock and tent caterpillars. This pest is far worse when it comes to the health of your tree. We equate this pest to the army worm of live oak trees.

Yellow necked caterpillar

Yellow necked caterpillar

As you can see the later stages of the yellow necked caterpillar are large and they are voracious eaters. They can devour a smaller live oak tree in a couple of days. Leaving the canopy of the tree bare.

Damage caused by caterpillar

Yellow necked caterpillar damage

The top of this young live oak has been eaten in a matter of a day or two.

Control of this caterpillar matters

The concern with allowing the foliage to be eaten off the tree is it can stunt the growth of the tree. This causes unnecessary stress to the tree. We have multiple control options available and are happy to discuss them. For all your pest control needs inside and outside your home, Bob Klepac Exterminating is here. Give us a call or send us a message.

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