While large scale pest infestations are not generally our focus, they do impact the world around us, especially here in the western United States. Warmer temperatures and drought conditions have increased the life cycle of mountain pine beetles to such an extent that scientists are now tracking the infestations via satellite to get a better understanding of the “widespread epidemic,” according to the National Park Service.
The beetles impact pine, spruce and fir trees, primarily in higher elevation forests. The epidemic extends from Canada to Mexico and is a great concern to park service due to the increase risk of forest fires as a result of the damaged trees. When trees are infected, they turn reddish-brown and then eventually die. The changing colors have enabled the USGS in cooperation with NASA to track the progress of the infestations from space, and provide important data to scientists trying to battle the beetles.
While Pest Defense Solutions’ does not address pine beetles, we are always happy to help you you’re your home and business extermination needs. For more information about our pest control services, please click here, or fill out a contact request form.
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