Charlotte, NC – The Bagworm Caterpillar is a tree pest seen year-after-year throughout Charlotte, Concord, Greensboro, and Raleigh, NC. Are your trees prepped and ready for these common creepy crawlers?
NEWS & BLOGS
The fall cankerworm is native to North America and Charlotte, NC is known to have severe cankerworm infestations. The cankerworm has a four-stage life: egg, pupa, larva, and adult; after mating in December, the female moths crawl up trees to lay eggs on twigs and small branches. As leaves come out in the spring the eggs hatch leaving some caterpillars to feed on the leaves. Cankerworms on their own typically do not kill trees; however, repeated defoliation weakens trees leaving them susceptible to other stresses.
Defoliators (an adult or larval insect) eat or destroy the leaves or foliage off of trees and shrubs most commonly in two phases; early season (early spring to summer) and late season (later summer to fall.)