recently cut down oak tree & oak wilt
We recently cut down a heathy oak tree. We have 13 other healthy oak trees. My neighbor requested that they keep the logs from that tree. They are stored near our other oak trees. Will the scent from the freshly cut logs attract the beetles that carry the oak wilt disease? If so, can we paint the cut ends of the freshly cut logs or would it be best to remove them from their yard?
Washington County Minnesota
A healthy oak will be secreting the sweet odor that attracts the nitidulids that are the vectors. Painting the wounds should be done immediately.