Insect & Disease Control

Insect & Disease Control in Southeast Pennsylvania


Our approach to insect and disease management is to assess each homeowner’s unique property and develop a plan for insect and disease management based on the size of the property, the number of trees and shrubs, and other factors. As Certified Arborists, our tree care experts are trained to know what types of pests and diseases are common in this area and what types of insects and diseases are a threat to the particular species of trees and shrubs on a property. At Rick’s Plant Health Care, our tree doctors know the life cycle and habits of the most common insects and pests and can help you plan a proactive strategy to provide protection designed for your trees and shrubs before they become a target for tree insects and disease. This comprehensive approach saves you money by creating a treatment plan designed to prevent infestations and disease rather than treating the trees and shrubs after insects or diseases have become a problem.

Spotted Lanternflies all over a tree trunk


The Spotted Lanternfly attacks 20 species of trees in our immediate area, which means there is plenty of opportunity for infestation. Our tree care experts use a proven approach to controlling Spotted Lanternflies that can be applied either as a bark spray or through trunk injection. The active ingredient, Dinotefuran, works in as little as 24 hours. 

Close-up Image of Emerald Ash Borer


We treat Emerald Ash Borer infestations with safe and environmentally friendly trunk injections that penetrate the vascular tissue of ash trees, reaching the Emerald Ash Borer larvae where they feed. By taking a proactive approach and providing treatment before a tree begins to show signs of damage, you can prevent  your tree from dying. Trunk injections for Emerald Ash Borers provide two years of protection.

Photo of the Tree Injection Process


Trunk Injections refer to a process where small holes are drilled into the tree so that pesticides can be directly injected into the trunk to keep your trees healthy and protected from invasive pests and disease.

Photo of the Growth Regulator Process


Growth regulators slow the natural growth of trees, reducing the pruning and maintenance needed and helping them to grow healthier. These treatments are injected into the soil and can also provide a great solution for trees suffering from decline in overall health and construction damage to fine root growth.

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If you’ve been noticing the trees and shrubs on your property don’t seem to look the way they once did, or if you want to make sure you maintain their health, give us a call today. We will schedule a time to walk your property with our Certified Arborist and ensure your landscape stay healthy and beautiful all year long. We service Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tree Insect & Disease Control

Signs of Emerald Ash Borer damage include crown dieback, epicormic sprouting (new growth along the main limbs and lower trunk), bark splitting, and D-shaped exit holes. It’s also common to see woodpecker holes on the tree trunk, as they peck holes into the tree to eat the Ash Borer larvae.

The most effective way to eliminate Emerald Ash Borers is through trunk injections. These applications offer two years of protection from Ash Borers and because the pesticide penetrates the vascular tissue of the tree, it provides more consistent results than any other method.

Yes, ash trees can survive Ash Borers, but only when they are treated in the early stages of infestation. Typically, by the time a tree begins to show visual signs of damage and infestation, it is too late to save it. 

Spotted Lanternfies feed on the sap of leaves, stems, and trunks of trees and other plants. When they feed, they leave wounds behind that weep sap; the Lanternflies themselves secrete a sticky substance called honeydew that covers trees and attracts black sooty mold. Trees are left compromised and susceptible to other pests and diseases.

The Spotted Lanternfly prefers the Ailanthus Tree, or Tree of Heaven, but they will migrate to other species in areas that are highly affected by Lanternfly infestations. Other trees that are popular with Spotted Lanternflies include Willows, Silver Maples, Red Maples, Crimson Maples and Birch trees.

Trees display a black sut down the trunk of the tree which is secretions from SLF. That same sut can also ruin your deck, patio and furniture along with items surrounding the infected trees.

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