Archive for November, 2015


Bark Busters Arborist’s performing a canopy reduction / thinning on this large Weeping Cherry tree located in Westwood Massachusetts.

Nov 26 2013

Removal of a hazardous Ash tree in Waltham, Ma

Bark Busters Tree Service working at a private school in Waltham, Ma today removing this large hazardous Ash tree.


Nov 18 2013

Climbing Oak trees in Wellesley, Ma

One of Bark Busters climbers getting into position to set the rigging in the next section of tree to come out of this Red Oak in the backyard of a Wellesley, Ma home.


Nov 7 2013

House clearance, and dead wood pruning in Newton, Ma today.

Bark Busters skilled Arborist working in Newton, Ma today pruning this Red Oak tree to provide a proper house clearance, and pruning out all major dead wood out of the canopy.


Nov 20 2012

The Asian longhorned beetle in MA

If you think you have encountered an Asian longhorned beetle, and your not sure what to do, contact us. We can help.

The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is an invasive insect that feeds on certain species of hardwood trees including maples, willows, elms, and birches. The beetle lays eggs that feed on the living tissue inside the trees, severely weakening them and eventually killing them. Since it was first discovered in Brooklyn, New York in 1996, the beetle, which most likely came from Asia in wood packing materials, has caused tens of thousands of trees to be destroyed in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Infestations have most recently been discovered inJamaica Plain, where the 6 trees found were quickly destroyed.

You can help prevent more trees from being destroyed by identifying this beetle and reporting it.

Here are some of the ALB’s identifying characteristics:

  • 1 to 1 ½ inches in length
  • Long antennae banded in black and white (longer than the insect’s body)
  • Shiny, jet black body with distinctive white spots
  • Six legs
  • May have blue color on feet

You can also identify signs of infestation. Although the ALB does fly, the female chooses to lay eggs in the same tree every year until the tree is destroyed.

You can also look for the following signs of infestation:

  • Shallow divits in the bark where the eggs are laid
  • Sap seeping from wounds in the tree
  • Dime-sized (1/4” or larger), perfectly round exit holes in the tree
  • Sawdust-like materials, called frass, on the ground and the branches

What you should do if you see one:

If you think you’ve found an Asian longhorned beetle or signs of infestation, always record the area where the specimen was found. If possible, capture the insects you think are ALB, place them in a jar and freeze them (this will preserve the insect for easy identification). Taking digital pictures of the insect and damage to your trees will also help in case officials request them.

To report the ALB you can call the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources at (866) 702-9938, or you can report them online at http://massnrc.org/pests/alb/

Protect your trees, be a beetle buster!

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