Yesterday evening Vince came in and asked me to come outside. He had found bagworms in the front in Juniper under the River Birch trees.
Over half of the Juniper is already dead. None of the worms were there just a few days ago. We were standing out there looking. One of the neighbors walked over. He had his sprayer in his hand . . he was out spraying too. He said another neighbor has already lost a pine tree. While standing there, we could hear the worms . . it was like a mild little roar . . the worms rattling inside their “bags”. It was eerie!
Vince was ready to burn the whole thing and I was saying “NO! You will ruin the River Birch trees!” The neighbor told him the same thing so he backed off the burning. He came inside and was going to call Josh, the guy with the skid steer and backhoe and ask him to come ASAP and clear it all out. I talked him into spraying it with the spinosad and then spray it again in a few days and see what happens. I’m sure it’s all going to have to come out, which is fine with me. This will be a great place to plant natives under those River Birch trees, which are also native. We had debated about pulling out all that juniper (which is full of weeds) but our landscape guy said “Let’s leave it for this year” . . since we have enough other stuff to plant but now . . it’s kinda taken out of our hands.
Our other neighbor said about four years ago, they lost a big spruce to the worms. Who would ever have thought this would happen??