Answers to frequently asked questions about
Southern Pine Beetle suppression.

John L. Foltz, Forest Entomologist
University of Florida, Dept of Entomology and Nematology

Q1. How can I recognize a beetle-infested pine tree?

 Q2. How do I determine whether it is the southern pine beetle or a different beetle infesting the tree?

 Q3. Why is it important that SPB-infested trees be treated as soon as possible?

 Q4. What are acceptable ways to treat a beetle-infested pine?

 Q5. The needles are still green, can't we save the tree?

 Q6. Why should pines be felled and cut into short sections before applying an insecticide?

 Q7. Should I spray my pine trees to keep beetles from attacking them? Are systemic insecticides effective?

 Q8. Why do we need an area-wide program to suppress southern pine beetle outbreaks?

 Q9. What are the benefits of having a mandatory area-wide suppression program?

 


1. How can I recognize a beetle-infested pine tree?

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2. How do I determine whether it is the southern pine beetle or a different beetle infesting the tree?

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3. Why is it important that SPB-infested trees be treated as soon as possible?

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4. What are acceptable ways to treat a beetle-infested pine?

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5. The needles are still green, can't we save the tree?

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6. Why should pines be felled and cut into short sections before applying an insecticide?

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7. Should I spray my pine trees to keep beetles from attacking them?
Are systemic insecticides effective?

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8. Why do we need an area-wide program to suppress southern pine beetle outbreaks?

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9. What are the benefits of having a mandatory area-wide suppression program?

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Prepared by John L. Foltz, 19 Oct 1997. Last modified 17 May 2004.
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