February Was Cold, But Was It Enough to Cause Bark Beetle Die-off?

Just how cold does it have to get to kill those pests? Many of us like to look for silver linings, and the shining hope of a frigid winter is that overwintering insects suffered more than we did. If there are fewer harmful creepy-crawlers this summer, then maybe that chilly February was worth it. I …read in detail

Dieback in North Idaho’s Fir Trees Explained

Rampant dieback is evident in area trees, but why? This year, many of us noticed conifer dieback —especially affecting fir trees—on our properties and in our surrounding forests. The flaring out (or reddening) of so many trees is alarming to those of us familiar with bark beetle infestations elsewhere, including those decimating entire hillsides in …read in detail

Mistletoe: There’s Nothing Romantic About It

Mistletoe may be good for those desiring a kiss but not so much for your trees… We see a lot of mistletoe around here. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that love and lingering holiday cheer are in the air, but rather, that the seeds propagating the parasite are soon to be airborne. (And watch out: Mistletoe …read in detail