What is a Bark Beetle?
There is a vast majority of native bark beetles that are found in our forests, landscapes, and urban environments. A number of these particular insects can cause tree mortality if not properly controlled. Bark Beetles get their name because they reproduce in the inner bark layer of the tree whether the tissue is living or dead. The insect will live and feed between the bark and the wood of various species of trees with some attacking only a certain species of tree. Bark Beetles will often attack trees that are already weakened by disease, physical damage, and drought. Healthy trees will produce a resin that will in most cases provide a natural defense against the beetles. Because of large outbreaks in the Rocky Mountain Region surrounding the Mountain Pine Beetle and other beetle species we have established a preventative management plan to protect your trees from attack.