Charlotte, NC - Have you been dealing with bagworms infestation all summer that leave an unsightly look to your trees? Bagworms in North Carolina are one of the most common tree pest in otherwise known as a caterpillar and found east of the Rocky Mountains. Bagworms are not a host-specific pest and can be found on a variety of common shade trees and ornamental plants.
The most common symptom of an infestation is tree damage in the form of defoliation of the canopy, coupled with actual silk bags which are spun from the foliage of the host plant by the caterpillar. The bagworms damage the trees by feeding on the foliage often causing severe defoliation. The damage is often worst during mid-summer and continuing through early fall.
The best time for tree care regarding bagworm treatment is between spring and midsummer. Picking bags off by hand can help slow the process; however, this is not always feasible. A great option is to look for bags during the winter to identify plants that may need treatment the following year.
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