Disease Management

Cedar Apple Rust

Cedar Apple Rust affects both your Cedar and Apple trees. Both trees are needed to support the conditions that cause this fungus to thrive. You may not have both of these species on your property, but your neighbors might have the other host. On your apple trees, you’ll notice the spotting on your leaves, and…Read More


Diplodia is a fungus that bothers conifers such as Austrian, Black and Red Pine all over Massachusetts. You may notice this as black dots at the base of the needle. The needles of your conifer may eventually yellow and drop. If untreated, your pine will not only become aesthetically displeasing, but it may also die. Bug Busters…Read More

Dogwood Anthracnose

Flowering Dogwoods were at one time the focal point of beautiful landscapes around Weston, Wellesley, Newton and Brookline. Anthracnose is a fungus that causes disease in dogwoods. Leaf curling and spotting are among some of the symptoms. First, the leaves curl under and become covered with what looks like a gray moss. Then they dry out…Read More


Fireblight is an infectious disease caused by bacteria and can seriously affect your apple and pear trees throughout Massachusetts. If your trees become infected, it is a serious problem and you’ll need to decide whether to treat or remove these trees. Most treatment involves pruning the trees to remove infected wood before the bacteria can…Read More

Leaf Tar Spot

Leaf Tar Spots on your Maple Tree may appear alarming, but there’s not a lot you can or should do to rid your trees of this unsightly condition. It is still recommended that we check your tree to make sure it is Leaf Tar Spots and not some other more threatening issue. Simple cleanup of…Read More

Nectria Coccinea

If your beech tree has bark that is cracked or oozing, your valuable tree may be infected with the Nectria Coccinea fungus, commonly known as Beech Bark Disease. Treatment for this problem is not an exact science. Even researchers disagree as to the exact course of action to take. Bug Busters stays on top of the…Read More

Phytophthora Bleeding Canker

Phytophthora Bleeding Canker affects many tree species found in Massachusetts. Beech, Birch, Maple, Oak, Willow, Cherry, Dogwood, Apple and many others are among the varieties that can be damaged by this fungus that blocks the transport of water within the infected tree. The affected area can be easily spotted by discolored bark and weeping (or bleeding) ‘sores’ from…Read More