Mountain Pine Beetle Infestations Found In Timber Ridge
These infestations were in a few large ponderosa pines on individual lot owners properties. The lot owners had the trees removed and isolated at a cost of approximately $350 per tree. The link below to the Colorado State University Extension fact sheet on the Pine Beetle contains information and photos that will help you detect infestations and understand the pine bark beetle problem. Since the young pine beetles leave the infested trees in July seeking out more trees to invade, timely detection and removal is critical. Some obvious indicators are: (1) A browning of all needles, (2) popcorn shaped extrusions of sap on the trunk. Note that completely dead trees (snags) are not a pine beetle threat since the beetles need a living tree to provide their food.