Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Nine less trees today~Pine Bark Beetles

I know this blog is mainly about DIY, Crafts and Food but today it's about trees. 
The drought that we've experienced for the last couple of years is playing havoc on our Pine trees. Today we have 9 less Pine trees than we did yesterday due to the Pine Bark Beetle.  When prolonged drought occurs, an increase in beetle activity is present.
As I stand in the woods, I hear the chomp, chomp, chomping and the tick...tick...ticking going on. At first I thought I was just hearing things but as it turns out, the beetles have been busy eating our trees away. Just so happens, they can kill a tree at a fairly rapid pace...anywhere from one week to one month and the tree is dead. 
What used to be lush, full woods that surrounded us is ever-increasingly getting thinner.

See the pine tree with all the bark off. This happened in a matter of less than a month. This tree is now gone as of yesterday.

Over the last couple of years, I've truly lost count at just how many trees we've lost. Though I do know that yesterday, we lost 9 more. We hired a tree cuter to take care of cutting down the trees that were close to different structures and also the ones close to the road, for safety reasons, they had to be taken down.  Yes, I'm sad about this.

What can we do? Not a lot, which is very frustrating. We can keep the trees that are close to our home watered, that is suppose to help prevent the Pine Bark Beetles, since they tend to go after drought stressed trees. Though out in the woods, watering isn't really an option. Spraying pesticides, really isn't an option either...danger and cost factors play into the decision of what we can and can't do.
We have some rather large, beautiful pine trees in our front yard. I pray that the beetles stay away from these trees...water...water...water is all that I know that we can do to prevent their demise.

This is what's on my mind today.

Yes, it makes me sad.

From the Heart,


  1. That is bad, very bad. Sorry for the troubles with the drought and now this situation.


  2. Oh no, what a shame! I hope you are able to save the ones in your yard. So many trees fall victim to insects...remember west elm disease, and more recently, the mountain ash is in danger.
    Best of luck!!
    Debbie :)

  3. Jana, that just makes my heart hurt. My husband's family lives in Centerville, TX. They've had pine bark beetles there too. It's weird to look out in the woods and see trees that are just naked.

  4. That's terrible Jana! I can see why you would be devastated by this. I hope you get some good rain soon. We've had the wettest summer on record here so perhaps that is a good sign for you!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  5. I truly understand, I travel Colorado,Wyoming and Black Hills of So.Dak. my home is So.Dak in my heart and family in the other I understand the bark beetle issue and have seen so much that was beautiful turn orange dead sad...and now tinder ...hope you get some rain...I have been praying for snow nothing better...then reeeeeallly cold.I have heard a some what expensive is a trench around the pine as the beetle can travel via roots...cutting the trees hard but fire is scarry been their so what you did was the right thing

  6. I have never heard of that,butI guess it makes sense. Hope that you don't lose more trees

  7. Hi Jana, just read your post - we have 42 acres in pines, pretty near harvest time maybe next year or after. and goodness, we'd be devastated if those got in our crop! It's been super rainy here, so praying they'll stay out of our "patch". So sorry you had to lose 9 wonderful trees. I love them, any kind of them.


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