How to get rid of bagworms.

Posted on: June 15, 2018

Just the other day, your trees and plant life were lush and green. Now, they’re devoid of any color or foilage. You’ve got a bagworm problem on your hands.

Our team spends most the day outdoors, so we take notice of pests before most homeowners. We also have extensive experience treating and getting rid of those pests. Bagworms are particularly troublesome pests and appear during the summer, ready to devour your evergreens.

Going into summer, we’ve kept our eye out for bagworms and have a few tips if you spot any yourself.

So what’s the big deal?

Bagworms attack and devour trees and shrubs, especially those of the evergreen variety. If you have any pine, spruce, juniper, or arborvitae, keep a close eye on them. Deciduous trees aren’t safe either, however, and bagworms won’t turn down a tasty elm, oak, or maple.

The trouble is that they move quickly, and can eat and destroy trees and shrubs in just a few days. Once they’ve stripped one tree, they’ll move onto the next.

Don’t know what to look for?

Keep your eyes peeled for feeding damage and browning foliage. If you see something that looks like a cone on a tree that isn’t a pine, there could be bagworms around.

Their bags are made of partially consumed foliage which allows them to blend in with their environment.  Bagbuilding begins in the summer, lasting through July and mid-August. By the end of the season, the bags can be anywhere from .25” to 1.5” inches long.

Stumped on how to stop them?

Where there’s one bagworm, there’s always more. Once you’ve noticed them around your house or yard, it’s time to take action. If you’ve spotted them while they’re actively feeding, a chemical treatment can do the trick to stop them before they cause too much damage. If you wait too long, the only way to stop them to remove the bags by hand.

Our lawn and landscape maintenance experts are here to help! We will help you scout your property for bagworms, correctly identify any issues, and provide treatment solutions. Don’t wait until it’s too late – contact us today!