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Bonnie from Hamilton, Oh writes

Beetles are killing our pine trees. Would Cynoff WP be effective if sprayed on the trees?

Even our felled trees, which my husband is turning into flag poles, have something boring outward. We have read that cypermethrin is best for these beetles. Is that the active ingredient in this product?


Cypermethrin is the active ingredient in Cynoff WP.  Unfortunately there is no easy solution when it comes to pine beetles. Infected trees should be cut down (before the newly hatched beetles fly out of the trees in the spring/summer) and the wood burned or chipped, while other still healthy trees should be sprayed annually to protect them. Because of the natural boring behavior of the beetle they are protected from topically applied insecticides and systemic insecticides (those injected into the tree or applied as a root drench) have proven ineffective for pine beetle infestations. Healthy trees can be protected before the beetles attack by topically spraying them with a product called Dragnet. The tree should be sprayed from the ground to 15 ft up the trunk to prevent future infestations.

Answer last updated on: 08/07/2013

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