Insects & Disease

Douglas-fir beetle and mountain pine beetle are native insects that attack and may kill trees by girdling the sapwood under the bark.  Although a natural phenomenon, bark beetle infestations can become epidemic, killing large patches of trees as well as highly valued individual trees near homes. Pheromones can be attached to healthy trees telling attacking beetles to “stay away”.  We offer these pheromone packets at a reduced cost.

 
Douglas fir beetle galleries

Douglas fir beetle galleries

Mountain pine beetle infestation

Mountain pine beetle infestation

 
Douglas-fir bark beetle.Lindsey Seastone Museum Collections Coleoptera

Douglas-fir bark beetle.Lindsey Seastone Museum Collections Coleoptera

Why are My Douglas-fir Trees Dying?
By JOHN INGEBRETSON of Swan Valley Connections for the Seeley-Swan Pathfinder, March 2, 2017

The Douglas-fir bark beetle is the most destructive beetle attacking Douglas-fir trees in the Seeley/Swan Valley. The potential loss of trees can be considerable and can affect both residential homeowners as well as commercial interests. Outbreaks develop in host trees following stand disturbances such as windthrow, drought, severe defoliation or wildfire, such as the Condon Mountain Fire in 2012. During outbreaks, groups of dead trees may total 100 or more. Yearly mortality in the northern region, which includes Montana, may extend into the millions of board feet. READ MORE →