The pagoda dogwood tree offers a color story throughout most of the growing season. Springtime green leaves and white flowers give way to the purple-tinged leaves and blue fruits of the fall. This small ornamental tree makes an attractive addition to yards both large and small.

You can help ensure that your pagoda dogwood tree looks healthy and colorful throughout the year by monitoring for signs of an insect infestation. Call a tree care service as soon as you notice the problem to minimize the risk of damage to your tree.

Dogwood Borer

The dogwood borer is a moth that resembles a wasp. Female borers lay eggs within the pagoda dogwood tree that hatch into white and reddish-brown caterpillars. The larvae look for areas of weakness or prior damage in the tree and use those as the feeding sites. The larvae burrow or bore into that weak area to feed on the wood. Borers can eventually eat into the vital food and water producing areas of the tree and destroy the tree's ability to feed itself.

A severe borer infestation that has penetrated the interior of the tree cannot be treated. You will need to call a tree removal service to completely remove the dogwood to prevent the infestation spreading to other trees.

Milder infestations, or infestations where the borers haven't made it inside the tree yet, can be treated with chemical controls. The tree will also need to be kept as healthy as possible during the treatment process, including a tree trimming service removing any areas where the tree is wounded.

Club-Gall Midge

The club-gall midge is a small breed of fly that lays larvae within the leaves pagoda dogwood tree. The eggs hatch larvae that feed on the shoots and leaves of the tree. Feedings can leave the leaves looking wilted or droopy and severely infested leaves might prematurely fall from the tree. A side effect of the feeding is tubular growths that pop up alongside the drooping leaves.

A minor infestation won't cause significant damage. A tree trimming service can prune away affected leaves to improve the appearance of your tree, but new leaves will sprout during the next growth season.

Severe infestations might require more treatment from your tree care service. The tubular growths can be cut away and the larvae can be treated with chemical controls within the tree to stop the feeding in its tracks.

If you notice any signs of these insect infestations, call a professional tree care service, such as Mead Tree & Turf Care Inc, as soon as possible.