PBA Tip of the Day brought to you by Ed Taylor with EST Enterprises Inc (623) 742-6923.
What are Palo Verde Borers and what damage do they do? Ed has the answer!
Palo Verde Borers are a destructive beetle bug that live in Palo Verde trees. The adults lay eggs in the soil which hatch and live underground as grubs for up to three years. Adult beetles are active in the summer time, usually in the early evening. Grubs feed on the roots of Mexican Palo Verde and other nonnative trees and shrubs. Look for branch dieback and for quarter size “exit”holes in the soil around the root zone. The best strategy to prevent damage to these trees, is to focus on improving the health of the tree. Weeds around these trees can really compromise the health of the roots. Make sure you have regular weed removal, as well as strong fertilizer and proper watering. Contact Ed for more information on borer prevention!