I am cutting diseased trees spruce moth, must we burn trees or can we chip...

Asked July 13, 2015, 9:58 AM EDT

I am cutting diseased trees spruce moth, must we burn trees or can we chip and spread into the same forest?
Do young strong trees stand a chance to come back?
best regards,
Jack Marxhausen

Lake County Minnesota

1 Response

In researching your question about "spruce moth" or spruce budworm control the information I have found about its life cycle leads me to believe that chipping will not kill the pest. It lays its eggs on the underside of needles and the larvae have several instars. The 1st and 2nd instar are very small and chipping probably would not kill them. Please contact your city forester for information about what to do with the infected spruce branches and needles. As to your second question if your trees are healthy and environmental conditions are unfavorable for the moth your trees may survive. Your local forester may be able to tell you what others in your location have experienced.