What does it do to trees?
The adult beetle enters the tree through crevices in the bark and then creates S-shaped tunnels just beneath the bark.
Disrupting the flow of nutrients, killing the tree in typically 2-4 months.
Most trees resist the initial attacks by secreting resin that can "pitch out" some adults and slow the entry of others, but trees almost always die as their defenses are overwhelmed by thousands of attacking beetles.
How To Spot Southern Pine Beetle.
Pitch tubes, or popcorn-shaped clumps of resin on the exterior of the bark.
Shotgun patterned holes on the exterior of the bark.
S-shaped tunnels under the bark Pine trees that have recently died, characterized by reddish-brown needles
How to report sightings of Southern Pine Beetle.
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