Pine borers and dead tree removal

Asked April 20, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

We have a large, older pinion pine that died suddenly this winter. Upon inspection today we saw small spots of sap all over it, presumably from borers. We subsequently cut down the tree and found myriad black larvae under the bark. How do we dispose of this tree safely? Is there a firebox air curtain burner in this area? I rather doubt we can burn this tree on our property even out here on the prairie, and having the tree hauled to the landfill is not a great option.
Also, what spray do we use to protect neighboring trees?
Thanks. -G2.

El Paso County Colorado

1 Response

Thank you for your question G2.

We would first need to confirm that it is Mountain Pine beetle.

If you have pictures of the damaged tree those would be necessary to propery diagnose. Please email them if you have them.

If you dont have pictures I am attaching a few different links from CSU that you should read and then let me know if you have any questions.

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05528.html

http://csfs.colostate.edu/pdfs/Web__Revision_June6_MPB_Prev_Products_QG.pdf


http://csfs.colostate.edu/pages/documents/Thoughts_on_spraying_trees-version2_final_April_2009.pdf

Thank you for your questions.

This last link will help you determine proper disposal.
http://plantclinic.agsci.colostate.edu/docs/MPB_Newspaper_Insert_Final.pdf