If your plant leaves look like someone was doodling squiggly lines, you have leaf miners. If you look closely, you can often see a dark dot at the end of one of the lines. That’s the culprit at work.
What Will Happen To My Landscape?
A leaf miner will not kill a tree; however it will weaken the tree making it susceptible to other harmful insects and diseases, which can kill the tree. The insects have been known to defoliate a tree within two weeks.
What Can I Do About Leaf Miner?
Most local hardware stores carry insecticides that will control leaf miner. Because these sprays can cause injury to certain plants, read the label thoroughly before using and apply according to the directions. Depending on the severity of the damage, more than one insecticide application may be required for complete control. Combating leaf miners can be a timely and unpleasant weekend task!
How Can Natural Way Help Me?
Prevention is the key in controlling leaf miner. Here at Natural Way we have certified professionals who are used to dealing with leaf miner and other problems. Natural Way can provide critically timed trunk injections to your birch trees that will help control leaf miner populations, extend the life of your birch trees and minimize overall damage.
Even though leaf miners will not generally kill a birch tree by themselves, the tree will become more susceptible to other problems such as the Bronze Birch Borer (which can kill a birch tree) and its appearance will be unsightly.