Insects, Pest & Disease Management
Red Cedar uses an integrated approach to managing insects and diseases on your property. We begin with maintaining plant health using sound practices including pruning and creating optimal soil conditions for plant growth.
As a tree’s health suffers and declines, the odds for defoliation and death sharply increase. Periodic inspections are essential to detect pest infestations before they reach damaging levels.
A specialized Red Cedar Plant Health Care program for trees and shrubs is the most logical step toward managing the spread of harmful insects and devastating diseases.
No single method is likely to be adequate for all pests. Successful pest management depends on the incorporation of a number of control strategies. Some strategies will target insect and disease pests separately and others will target them together.
Insect & Disease Control
Insects and diseases can destroy the beauty and function of plants in your landscape. Also, many of the most damaging landscape pest problems that exist are caused by a pest carelessly introduced from another area of the world. (Dutch Elm Disease, Asian Long-horned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, Gypsy Moth). Our staff is trained to analyze detect landscape plant problems, and correct them using the most effective and least invasive technique. A small amount of prevention is much better than a large amount of cure, to correct a neglected landscape pest problem. Our tick control program features short and long-term treatments to reduce your exposure to disease-carrying ticks.
Call to schedule a pest disease and tick inspection of your property to allow our arborists to recommend the best treatments.
Red Cedar offers “comfort sprays” which provide short term control of annoying mosquitoes. This service is often used before outdoor events or parties and can make them much more enjoyable. Call Red Cedar prior to your next event to find out how this may help.
White tailed deer are everywhere and have voracious appetites for landscape plants. They also move pests like ticks into your outdoor living areas. Red Cedar offers local plant and property wide deer management solutions including repellent sprays, fencing and deer resistant planting advice to discourage deer presence.
Ticks have become an increasing problem to people and animals throughout New York. Ticks are blood-feeders that require an animal host to survive and reproduce. They feed on a wide host range and attack people, pets, livestock, birds, and reptiles.
There are about 80 species of ticks in the United States (850 species worldwide). However, only about 12 or so in the U.S. are of major public health or veterinary concerns with a few others that occasionally attack humans.
Ticks can be a nuisance; their bites can cause irritation and, in the case of some ticks, paralysis. Severe infestations on animals can cause anemia, weight loss, and even death from the consumption of large quantities of blood. Ticks can also transmit many human and animal disease pathogens, which include viruses, bacteria, and more.
An estimated three quarters of all Lyme disease cases are acquired from ticks picked up during activities around the home. With the steady increase in the spread of Lyme disease, there is a need to learn how to manage or control the tick problem, learn how to reduce or manage tick populations, and therefore risk of disease, in the residential landscape.