Brown Tail Moth Removal

The Browntail Moth is an invasive species that made its way the US from Europe in the late 1800’s. It quickly spread throughout New England where it became a nuisance for both trees and humans. The population has fluctuated over the last century but we have recently seen a spike in the Southern, Midcoast and Central Maine regions. 

Browntail Moth caterpillars are extremely active defoliators and can eat the leaves off mature hardwood trees in a matter of days. We have seen them feed primarily on Oak, Birch, Poplar, and fruit varieties including Black Cherry. This alone is concern enough to employ pest control methods to fight against the Brown-Tail Moth. 

On top of being a tree pest, the Browntail Moth also has a health impact to humans due to the toxins that the mature BTM caterpillars develop in their hairs. If these hairs come into contact with your skin they can create an itchy or burning rash sensation similar to that of Poison Ivy. 

Protect your trees and your family with browntail moth pest control services by Hawkes Tree Service!

BrownTail Moth Pest Control Treatments

We offer both mechanical and chemical treatments to help suppress Brown-Tail Moths in our Maine communities. One of such treatments is a foliar application of chemical pest removal treatment. Our 300 foot hose can access hard to reach corners of your property, and coupled with our high-pressure system, can reach into canopies up to 100 feet.

For sensitive areas near waterbodies, we provide systemic treatments for tree trunks and the surrounding soil. Insecticides are transported directly up the tree and into the leaves as the tree pulls up water from the ground. This method eliminates the chance of drift and can be used to protect waterfront trees, where regulations prevent foliar application.

Help protect your trees and keep Maine pest-free with Hawkes Tree Services’ Brown Tail Moth Removal Service! Contact us today to set up a free estimate!

Other Invasive Pests

In order to ensure the longevity of your trees and property, Hawkes Tree Service offers all kinds of invasive pest removal and mitigation services. Beyond the Brown-Tail Moth, we also offer treatments for invasive pests in Maine like the Winter Moth, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Emerald Ash Borer and Spongy Moth. Read more of each pest below, and click through to read more about each one!

many green caterpillars on tree

Winter Moth

The Winter Moth is a caterpillar capable of defoliating entire canopies. Winter moth was introduced into North America from Europe. It was first recorded in Nova Scotia in the 1930s…
close up of pine tree afflicted with Hemlock Woolly Adelgids

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

HWA is a sap-sucking, scale-like insect that feeds on the needles of Hemlock trees and spreads very easily. It is found in most of coastal Maine and continues to spread, leaving many thinned…
emerald ash borer on leaf

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species native to Asia. Despite its attractive lustrous color, it has the potential to eradicate Ash trees in the United States…
spongy moth on leaf

Spongy Moth

Formerly known as the Gypsy Moth, the Spongy Moth is native to Europe, and made their way to New England in the late 1860’s. They have voracious appetites and are capable of consuming a canopy…