Jackson Hole is not the only place experiencing extreme pest conditions this summer. Aspen, Colorado, is also struggling managing a spider mite outbreak throughout the Colorado Valley.
The One-Two Punch – A Mild Winter and Dry Spring
After a mild winter, Aspen Public Radio reports that “dry spring weather has emboldened a usually manageable bug in Aspen. Dryness weakens aspen trees and benefits the spider mite, which likes to feed on aspen leaves. Many trees in the city’s limits have already shown signs of the insect.”
Spider Mites Are Devastating but Controllable
Spider mites can devastate a tree. First the spider mites eat all the leaves and completely defoliate the tree. This combined with the dry weather will kill the tree over a couple of years. Spider mites like dry weather.
Spider mite infestations can be controlled through the correct application of a miticide. Give us a call before it is too late for an inspection.