Forest Health

Forest Health includes regular contributions from Forest Health Monitoring Coordinator Kelly Oten and other NC Forest Service Forest Health personnel.

The Nice Lice: Bark lice are nothing to worry about

By on June 14, 2017

Every parent dreads the call from their child’s school that lice has been found.  Frantic sessions of chemical dousing, hair combing, and sheet washing typically follow.  Phantom itching leave many paranoid for days or weeks to follow. Altogether, an unpleasant

Forest tent caterpillar strikes again! Outbreaks in NC continue for the third year running

By on May 17, 2017

Warm days are approaching here in North Carolina and all things spring can be seen! Beautiful flowers budding, green grass in yards, and butterflies fluttering around in the sunshine are all things you can see outside. However, if you look

Emerald ash borer takes flight

By on May 3, 2017

The days are warm now and many North Carolinians have thoughts of leaving their homes for summer vacation.  The invasive emerald ash borer is doing the same, except its destination is our beautiful ash trees. It is peak flying season

Laurel wilt disease continues to spread in NC

By on April 19, 2017

Laurel wilt is a devastating non-native disease of redbay trees and other plants in the laurel family in the Southeastern U.S. Native to Southeast Asia, it was first detected near Savannah in the early 2000s and has since spread to

It’s raining cats and… sawflies?

By on April 5, 2017

Springtime in North Carolina means it’s raining pollen!  A yellow glaze coats everything outside and many are taking their allergy medicine religiously.  But if you’re in the right place at the right time, something else might be dropping onto your

DIY Cankerworm Sticky Bands: Time to remove them!

By on March 22, 2017

A surprise to us all, the groundhog was right this year, and winter came back to rear its ugly head once again! But warmer weather is already making its comeback, and this week marks the first week of spring. Many

Don’t Let Spring Give Your Trees a Cold Shoulder: Protecting trees and shrubs in the event of a late freeze

By on March 8, 2017

It’s only early March, and we’ve already seen a few weeks of spring here in North Carolina. Unseasonably warm weather is bringing singing birds, insects and early tree blooms with it. While this is a welcome sight to many, some

It’s Pruning Time!

By on February 8, 2017

Trees may be leaf-less, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they’re management-free at this time of the year. In fact, for most trees, now is the time to get them into tip-top shape… literally. Shaping, thinning and removing

New scale insect threatens the South’s beloved crape myrtle

By on January 25, 2017

The crape myrtle is a fan favorite in the southern landscape. Across the region, its pink, lavender, red and white flowers can be spotted along streets, in cities, parks and yards. They are loved for their gorgeous flowers and smooth

The health of our forests: 2016 year-in-review

By on December 28, 2016

Between the destruction of Hurricane Matthew in the eastern part of the state and the relentlessness of the many fires in the West, North Carolina has seen its fair share of natural disasters this year. Damage caused by insects and