Tree Squad gets rid of Two-Lined Chestnut Borer

Two-Lined Chestnut Borer

All Oak species, prefers red and pin oak. Stressed trees are more attractive to borers.

What you will see:

  • Infestation first becomes visible in mid-July
  • Sparse, small and discolored foliage
  • Dieback of branches follows
  • Leaves of infested branches turn uniformly red-brown
  • Distinctive pattern of dead and living leaves
  • Branches in the upper crown are dead and leafless
  • Branches in the middle crown are dying and have red-brown wilted leaves
  • Branches in the lower crown are alive and have green leaves
  • Larvae create meandering galleries underneath the bark

Life cycle:

  • Adult beetles lay eggs on stressed oaks in late May and June
  • Larvae feed on the inner bark of live branches and stems
  • Larvae pupate under the bark where they over-winter
  • Adults emerge through D-shaped exit holes in the bark the following May and June

Cultural practices:

  • Healthy trees are less attractive and more resistant
  • Promote sustainable growth
  • Water tree 2-3” per week during summer
  • Water 3-4” per week during drought conditions
  • Do not fertilize without increasing water
  • Provide root enhancement system
  • Avoid construction damage
  • Compacting the soil
  • Change of soil grade or water drainage
  • Damaging the bark

Chemical practices:

  • Two-lined chestnut borer is susceptible to systemic and topical insecticides