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Pests that Kill Trees

Find out about destructive forest and tree pests that cause health issues and are enemies of trees and timber. Forests pests can be destroyed by insects, disease, fire, drought and storm.
  1. Fire in Forests
  2. Forest Diseases (54)
  3. Forest Insects (48)
  4. Forest Invasives (3)
  5. Forest Weather and Wildfire (12)
  6. Poison Forest Plants and Animals (6)
  7. United States Forest Health

What Kills a Tree?
Trees that reach maturity have the genetic potential to live over a century. Some species can live for many centuries. Most trees never reach that potential and are killed by environmental factors, insects and disease and catastrophe. Here are the ways trees die.

Tree Pests | Tree Insects | Tree Disease
Forest pests cause serious damage to trees in forests and landscapes. There is always some potential risk for serious injury and effect on forests but there are ways to assess the problem and determine the solution. This assessment or plan is called Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

An Index of Most Common U.S. Tree Pests
50 Most Common U.S. Tree Pests from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet Series, USDA Forest Service

Tree Pests | Tree Insects | Tree Disease
Quick identification of 50 common conifer and evergreen tree pests of the North American forest.

An Index of Most Common U.S. Tree Pests
50 Most Common U.S. Tree Pests from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet Series, USDA Forest Service

Protect Your Forest From Damaging Agents 101
Protect Your Forest From Damaging Agents - Forestry 101

Butternut Canker Disease
butternut canker disease

Ring Shake and Wind Shake
Ring shake and wind shake is tree damage not caused by a disease or insect, but by the wind. This abiotic damage to trees is due to high winds.

Dealing With Woodpecker and Sapsucker Tree Problems
Woodpecker and Sapsucker Tree Problems - How to Control Woodpecker Damage

Deer-Proofing Your Property
Deer and ticks seem to thrive together during summer and both can become a nuisance to forest and woodlot owners.

Nation's Champion American Elm Dies
Dutch elm disease was detected in the United States' largest American elm in 2001. That tree just recently died.

Early Tree Nut Drop
There are times that nut bearing trees drop their nuts before they fully mature. Sometimes it can be a natural shedding of a portion of the nut crip. Other causes can be more problematic, including weather conditions, poor pollination, insects and disease.

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