The best way to avoid bark beetles is to maintain the health of your trees. Dykstra offers a couple common sense precautions to prevent a beetle infestation:
• Water trees during drought years
• Learn to identify flagging and pitch tubes
• Treat trees as soon as they show visible flagging or pitch tubes
• Promptly cut dead or dying trees
• Immediately remove, burn or thoroughly tarp and seal the wood.
• Don’t take infested wood off property.