Old oak grove in trouble, need help
mystic at lcc.net
Sun Aug 9 13:27:09 EST 1998
Scott Geerds wrote:
> In article <35CB7938.15DEA54B at earthlink.net>, "Mike S. in FL"
> <vaxmgr at earthlink.net> wrote:
> sounds like spider mites....
> > We've go an old oak grove with trees that seem to be infested with some
> > strange tiny spider looking things. They're nearly microscopic (about .5
> > to .75 mm) and are shrouding these old oaks with what looked at first
> > like some kind of mold but now it appears to be webs of some kind. It
> > surrounds the tree trunk completely but they don't seem to have reached
> > the tops yet. The trees are about 40-70 ft tall and the little buggers
> > haven't made it to the top. YET.
> > Does anyone have any idea what these could be? (also, they're slightly
> > orange-red in color) If you know what they might be, do you know of a
> > safe disposal method - or if they need to be controlled. One tree after
> > another seems to be getting targeted. Please keep in mind that there
> > are horses loose in the area also.
> > Thanks much,
> > Mike Smith in FL.
> > (oh yes, did I also mention we're in N. Central Florida? in case it
> > makes a difference)
NO, NOT SPIDER MITES. BARK LICE. THEY'RE MUNCHING OUT ON WHATEVER
ALGAE AND SMALL BUGS THAT MAY BE INFESTING THE BARK. THEY'RE NOT
HARMFUL. LEAVE THEM ALONE - THE WEBS SHOULD DETERIORATE THIS FALL, AND
YOU'LL NEVER KNOW THAT THEY WERE THERE.
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