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Balsam Woolly Adelgid

Hamilton County Distribution

  • Established throughout Hamilton County

Identification

  • Insect
  • White waxy "wool" covers adult balsam woolly adelgid insects and is seen on the trunk of balsam trees.
  • Gouting, or swelling of branches
  • Needle loss
  • Yellow, rust, or brown needles
  • Tree tops look like golf tees, and are often flattened or crooked
  • Crown and branch dieback

Threats

  • Dead balsam trees are a fire hazard
  • Christmas tree industry
  • Decreased wildlife habitat
  • Decreased soil stabilization

Management

  • Biocontrol
  • Insecticides
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