How healthy is your birch tree? Bronze Birch Borer infestation is spreading in Salem due to the extreme heat waves over the last few summers. Taking good care of your birch trees (genus Betula) is the first line of defense to keep these pests away.
Transporting firewood from one place to another is one of the main ways the Bronze Birch Borer moves into new locations. Buying locally sourced firewood can reduce the possibility of introducing this pest into areas that aren't infested.
Watering can protect trees
"Bronze Birch Borer (BBB) cannot kill healthy trees and is most likely to attack old, stressed, or drought-stricken trees," says Milan Davis, our Urban Forester. "While many homeowners may not place a high priority on watering mature trees, this can be a key strategy for preventing BBB damage in dry areas. Birch trees tend to be shallow-rooted and respond well to watering."
Removing trees too damaged to recover can disrupt the pest's life cycle and slows it's spread. Trees that have lost more than half of their leaves (level-5 damage), are beyond recovery and need to be removed, Davis says.
The success of your treatment plan may be affected by neighborhood conditions and, your attention to this problem can benefit your neighborhood. If your tree or trees have a Bronze Birch Borer infestation, treatment will benefit both your trees and your neighbors' trees.
If you suspect a City-owned tree is infested, please call 503-588-6311 or [email protected]
OSU Extension: Homeowner Guide to Managing Bronze Birch Borer
Apply for a City Tree Permit
Remove Trees on Your Property