Jeff Disler, a Denver based arborist was up in Drake, CO, in western Larimer County helping a homeowner figure out how to save her last ten pine trees.
“She’s been putting out pine beetle pheromone traps the past couple of years, but obviously they are not helping, ” Disler said. He said that 50 of her 60 trees have been or will be removed from the property and even at the very cheap tree removal cost of $120, that still is $6000.
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Compared to a professional spray for about $10 per tree, prevention is always cheaper in epidemic pine beetle areas.
“The thing is, we have over 99 percent success rate in protecting trees so it pays to invest a little in spraying,” Disler said.