Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Workshop Offered

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension


The devastating hemlock Woolly adelgid is firmly established here in Burke County and the numbers of local hemlocks that are infected is on the rise.  

It was first reported in the eastern U.S. in 1951 near Richmond, Va. and has slowly moved southward with first sightings in the mountains of North Carolina in the late 1990s.  By 2005 the adelgid was firmly established in sixteen states, from Maine to Georgia with up to 50 percent of eastern and carolina hemlocks showing infestations.

The hemlock has long been a valued tree in our landscapes and forests and homeowners who have these trees in their landscapes have reason to be worried.  There are, however, pesticides that work quite well in controlling the hemlock woolly adelgid and in recent years the products have become more user friendly, allowing homeowners to make their own applications.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00 at the Burke County Agricultural Building.  This workshop will cover the methods of control that are suitable for homeowners as well as the timing of these applications.  It will also offer suggestions on how to keep your trees as healthy as possible so that they can fight against this insect pest.  

Please call the Extension office at 439-4460 to register for this free workshop.

Donna Teasley
Extension Agent