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Is my tree dying?

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Is my tree dying?

Wondering if anyone know what these are caused by? What are these little green things on the leaves? Do I have to spray anything to get rid of the bugs that’s eating the leaves?
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your tree looks like it is infested with some kind of larvae who eats the leaves, that we can see on the third pic
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What works well with many of these types of bugs, is a simple dishsoap solution - a gallon of water with 2 to 3 tablespoons of something like Dawn. Just spray and wait a few days.
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tree looks healthy, but infested by larvae. caterpillar larvae may be. spray with something to get rid of them.
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Tree is at least 6 years old and 18ft high. Would I have to spray all the leaves? If I just spray the bottom would all the bugs just move upwards? If I waited it out, would they eventually die due to the cold?
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oceans_end wrote: Tree is at least 6 years old and 18ft high. Would I have to spray all the leaves? If I just spray the bottom would all the bugs just move upwards? If I waited it out, would they eventually die due to the cold?
spray it all. There may be larvae that you do not see, or that have not done damages yet
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more precision: I may have been mistaken as there was not much explanation from me. Of course, no pesticides! I would personally use horticultural oil , in late automn after the leaves have fallen
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The soap solution solution is fairly harmless, as long as the soap or detergent used is harmless. Works by reducing surface tension getting into the tracheal tubes in the abdomens of insects (that's how the breath) and suffocate them.
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DoorCrasher wrote: more precision: I may have been mistaken as there was not much explanation from me. Of course, no pesticides! I would personally use horticultural oil , in late automn after the leaves have fallen
I would actually hit the bugs now while you can see them in order to control the infestation and do the oil in the late Fall as well.
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thriftshopper wrote: The soap solution solution is fairly harmless, as long as the soap or detergent used is harmless. Works by reducing surface tension getting into the tracheal tubes in the abdomens of insects (that's how the breath) and suffocate them.
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Finger galls. Harmless.

But you might see them again next year and the following year as well.

Galls can be caused by insects and a mild soap spray at the right time can prevent these types of galls but once you see the galls, it's too late to spray. During the fall, I recommend raking up the leaves and composting/destroying them - mostly to not create a rotting leaf mass for bugs/fungi to overwinter.
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Spray some Bugs Be Gone. I did one spray on the Honey Locust with all bugs covered and its leaves are all yellowish green. After one spray in spring, all bugs are really gone and the tree leaves finally turn back to dark green.

Note: The bugs on my tree were different than yours though. They were tiny green with wings, not worms.
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rdx wrote: Spray some Bugs Be Gone. I did one spray on the Honey Locust with all bugs covered and its leaves are all yellowish green. After one spray in spring, all bugs are really gone and the tree leaves finally turn back to dark green.

Note: The bugs on my tree were different than yours though. They were tiny green with wings, not worms.
Bug spray will do nothing for galls.

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