Ips Beetles Information Sheet / Información sobre los Ips Beetles (escarabajos) [PDF] >>
Why is this important?
- Trees provide essential ecosystem and economic benefits such as energy cost savings, storm water absorption, and carbon sequestration.
- Dying and dead trees are a huge fire risk.
- Infected trees threaten other trees and could devastate our urban canopy if left unmitigated.
- Minimizing infections can help to minimize costs for treatment and prevent spread.
- This issue will likely persist as the effects of climate change worsen.
Symptoms of Ips Beetle Infestation
- Yellowish- or reddish-brown dust accumulating in bark crevices or around the base of the tree
- Tree discoloration (“fade”); dieback at the top of the tree
- Woodpeckers feeding on the trunk or larger branches (they’re a common predator of the Ips beetle)
- Small round holes in the bark. You’ll usually see these after the beetles have already done their damage and exited the tree.